Jimmy Hurt, MacDonald Up, Osgood Starting

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Joey MacDonald has been called up from Grand Rapids due to an injury to Jimmy Howard.  Hearing on Twitter that it’s back spams.

No word yet on the specifics, including the extent of how long Howard will be out.  Rafalski was put on short term IR and Draper on LTIR.  Injured reserve put Rafalski out seven days at minimum.  The schedule for the Wings is finally picking up too, which means we’re likely to see the Osgood/MacDonald tandem for at least 3 games, I think.  Please correct me if I’m wrong.

My take on this: I’m ok with it.  Let’s not all freak out.  It’s not a severe injury, and 3 games isn’t that many.  And admittedly, the histrionics did calm down a little once we found out it wasn’t anything major with Howard.  But I still don’t understand the fatalism about having Osgood start a couple games.  Give the poor guy a chance to redeem himself.  His play so far this season really hasn’t warranted the sheer vitriol he receives.  He’s 1-1-0 with a 2.49 GAA and a .905 SV%.

It’s up to Osgood to seize the opportunity, but it’s not a foregone conclusion that we’re going to lose the next few games 0-7.

Posted by EM   @   28 October 2010 2 comments
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Oct 28, 2010
1:50 pm

I’m not sure that the tandem will have to stay the same for three games (assuming Howard isn’t injured badly). If they scoot MacDonald back down, they can slot Howard back in — they’ll just have to keep Rafalski and Draper on the IRs they’re on because of the time commitment.

I could be wrong, too, but I don’t think Rafalski’s inclusion on short-term IR has anything to do with Howard’s ability to get back into the lineup if he’s healthy.

Author Oct 28, 2010
1:58 pm
#2 EM :

Ahhh right right. They needed to clear space to get Joey up, but don’t need to change anything to send him back down. Duh. Because it’s not Jimmy that’s on IR.

That’s what I get for slamming out a post in 5 minutes during my lunch break.

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