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Detroit sends Howard to Grand Rapids for conditioning

Goaltender has not played for Detroit since Dec. 20

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Jimmy Howard to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Howard played two games with the Griffins on a conditioning stint last month, making 40 saves over two starts with a 1-1-0 record, but he left his second game midway through the third period due to injury. The 32-year-old netminder has been limited to 17 games for the Red Wings this season due to injury, sporting a 5-7-1 record. Among goalies with a minimum of 15 games played, Howard leads the NHL with a 0.934 save percentage and is second with a 1.96 goals-against average. Howard, who has not played for Detroit since Dec. 20 in Tampa Bay, has totaled 392 games with the Red Wings since 2005-06 and has a 194-120-54 record, 2.43 goals-against average, 0.915 save percentage and 23 shutouts. The Syracuse, N.Y., native was also an Olympian on the United States' 2014 team in Sochi, Russia, and has also represented his country at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

A 12th-year pro, Howard began his professional career with the Griffins in 2005-06 and has made 188 appearances with the team. Howard owns a 91-74-11 record all time in the AHL, alongside a 2.68 goals-against average, 0.910 save percentage and 14 shutouts. Prior to turning pro, Howard spent three seasons at the University of Maine from 2002-05, where he posted a 47-23-10 record, 1.84 goals-against average, a 0.931 save percentage and 15 shutouts. Howard was originally drafted in the second round (64th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Jimmy Howard, Goaltender
Born Mar 26 1984 -- Syracuse, NY
Height 6.00 -- Weight 218 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 2 #64 overall 2003 NHL Entry Draft

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