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Howard recalled; Drake on IR

Thursday, 10.25.2007 / 4:03 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Howard recalled; Drake on IR
DETROIT -- With veteran Dominik Hasek bothered by an irritated hip for the last week, the Red Wings have recalled goalie Jimmy Howard from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

“To think that you’re going to go 82 games and not have injuries isn’t realistic,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “When you’re not playing well and you have injuries you have a problem. Certainly the injury to (Johan) Franzen has allowed us to go out and find Mattie Ellis; there’s an opportunity there.”

The plan for now is for Howard to make the three-city trip through Western Canada with the Wings next week. Chris Osgood will get the start against San Jose on Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

In four games played this season, Howard has posted a 3-1 record with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. With a 29-save performance on October 11, he became just the fourth Griffins goalie to earn 50 career wins joining Joey MacDonald (87), Marc Lamothe (54), and Mike Fountain (55).

Howard, 23, has played in four games -- all during the 2005-06 season -- with the Red Wings with a 1-2 record and a 2.98 GAA. During the summer, he made the commitment to improve his stamina, losing 15 pounds in the process.

Holland said he'd now like to see Howard join the elite goalies in AHL.

“I think he needs to establish himself this winter as a real premiere American League goaltender," Holland said. "We would prefer to not see him all year because that means Hasek is healthy, Osgood is healthy. But with this minor injury to Hasek, for Jimmy to come up right now on the heals of a postive training camp, it will be good for him to come up here for a few days.”

In another roster move, the team placed Dallas Drake (fractured cheekbone) on injured reserve. Drake, who was injured during the Wings’ game in San Jose on October 18, is expected to miss about a week.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59