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by IwoCPO on 02/20/09 at 02:52 PM ET
Updated below with a note on who, other than Osgood, won’t be in there tonite.
Straight from Khan(!). Osgood won’t be dressing tonite or Saturday. Jimmy Howard’s up from Grand Rapids.
Update from Friday’s morning skate: The Wings recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids. Howard will back-up Ty Conklin for tonight’s game against Anaheim and then make his first start of the season for Detroit Saturday in Minnesota. Chris Osgood will not dress for at least the next two games, as the team wants to give him some time to re-focus and work on his game. Howard is expected to be sent back to Grand Rapids after Saturday’s game.
“At least the next two games.”
If recent history tells us anything, it’s that Chris Osgood will be nowhere to be seen or heard until he’s ready to start again. And that’s his choice, not the team’s.
Or we’re going to be reading some pretty dramatic stuff. Because if he talks, he’s not going to hold much back.
I can’t help but think, continue to think, that we’ve seen Chris Osgood play his last meaningful game as a Detroit Red Wing. Howard’s going to come up and you just know he’ll stop 25 of 26 or shut out the Wild. Then maybe, because Uncle Mike’s got a little Scotty in him, Howard starts the one after that.
Oh wait. The one after is San Jose. Nah, he wouldn’t do that now. Would he?
In case you missed it at the tail end of Khan(!)‘s post…
There is one other lineup change from the last game, as Kirk Maltby goes back in for Ville Leino tonight. Coach Mike Babcock said he plans on rotating players in on the fourth line for the time being.
Don’t like that at all. Wanna get Maltby back in there? Go ahead. But why sit Leino instead of Kopecky?
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