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Ozzie’s good to go on Wednesday or Thursday

Update 12:35 PM: Ted Kulfan reports that Mike Babcock may start Osgood on Wednesday: Great news from the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema:

Joey MacDonald finally is heading back to the Grand Rapids Griffins. The parent club Detroit Red Wings assigned the veteran goaltender after they activated Chris Osgood on Monday morning.

Osgood, 38, has missed the past 27 games since undergoing sports hernia surgery in mid-January.

In 10 games as Jimmy Howard’s backup in Detroit, MacDonald, 30, is 3-4-1 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

MLive’s Ansar Khan believes that Osgood will back up Jimmy Howard for Wednesday’s game against Washington and start in Thursday’s back-to-back tilt against Columbus, and the Free Press’s Helene St. James notes that the Wings will probably give Osgood a decent number of starts down the stretch (and the Detroit News also confirms):

The Wings have just 13 games left, and only two sets of back-to-backs. Given the importance of getting Osgood up to speed and giving Jimmy Howard some rest before the playoffs, Osgood is certain to start a handful of games.

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SYF's avatar

Good news.  I saw some vids from practice and Ozzie was looking playful and ready.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 03/14/11 at 06:04 PM ET

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