DETROIT -- Jimmy Howard
went through the morning skate for the Detroit Red Wings
and looked fine afterward in the locker room, but back spasms scratched him from the lineup for Thursday night's game against Phoenix.
The Wings put backup Chris Osgood
in goal against the Coyotes and called up Joey MacDonald
from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to back him up. Osgood then allowed three first-period goals.
Howard is day-to-day with the back spasms.
To clear a spot on the roster, the Wing put forward Kris Draper
on long-term injured reserve list also placed defenseman Brian Rafalski
on the short-term IR. Both Draper (sports hernia) and Rafalski (knee) are recovering from surgeries.
MacDonald, 30, has a 2-1-1 record, 1.72 goals-against average and one shutout in four appearances with Grand Rapids.