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Red Wings place Howard on IR, recall McCollum

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard


Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been placed on injured reserve after he injured his groin Saturday.

Howard left Detroit’s 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on a stretcher early in the first period. He had an MRI scheduled for Sunday.

Entering Saturday’s action, Howard was 16-7-7 with a 2.08 goals-against average.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled goaltender Tom McCollum from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

McCollum has appeared in one NHL game with the Red Wings, making five saves in a relief effort on March 30, 2011 against the St. Louis Blues.

In 21 AHL games this season the 25-year-old is 10-8-3 to go along with a 2.33 G.A.A. and a .911 save percentage.

Detroit is back in action Tuesday when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.

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