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Detroit recalls Lashoff, loans Howard for conditioning

Lashoff has appeared in 127 NHL games since 2012-13

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Brian Lashoff from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and placed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on injured reserve. Additionally, the Red Wings placed goaltender Jimmy Howard on long-term injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 27 and assigned him to the Griffins for conditioning.

Lashoff, 29, has appeared in 25 games with the Griffins this season, logging six points (2-4-6), a plus-two rating and 20 penalty minutes. A 10th-year pro, Lashoff ranks second in Grand Rapids franchise history in games played, skating in 478 contests since 2008-09 and logging 104 points (24-80-104), a plus-23 rating and 247 penalty minutes. He has also skated in parts of six seasons with the Red Wings, notching 14 points (2-12-14) and 59 penalty minutes in the NHL since 2012-13. Additionally, the 6-foot-3, 219-pound defenseman has appeared in eight NHL playoff games and has 19 points (5-14-19) and 34 penalty minutes in 73 career AHL postseason contests.

A native of Albany, N.Y., Lashoff is a former undrafted free agent signing by Detroit in Sept. 2008. He is one of three two-time Calder Cup champions in Griffins history, winning AHL championships in 2013 and 2017. Prior to his professional career, Lashoff logged four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and recorded 91 points (20-71-91) and 186 penalty minutes in 215 games with the Barrie Colts and Kingston Frontenacs from 2006-10. Lashoff also won a gold medal for the United States at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan, picking up two assists in seven games.

Howard has been sidelined since Nov. 27 due to a mid-body injury and has appeared in 14 games for Detroit this season, logging a 2-11-1 record, 3.94 goals-against average and 0.887 save percentage. The 35-year-old ranks among Red Wings franchise leaders with 530 games played (3rd among goalies), 246 wins (3rd) and 24 shutouts (4th), alongside a career 246-184-69 record, 2.58 goals-against average and 0.913 save percentage. In 2018-19, Howard was named to the NHL All-Star Game for the third time in his career in 2019 after previously participating in 2012 and missing the 2015 event due to injury. The Syracuse, N.Y., native has also played in 48 career Stanley Cup playoff games, sporting a 21-26 record, 2.58 goals-against average, 0.918 save percentage and three shutouts.

Originally drafted in the second round (64th overall) by Detroit in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Howard most recently appeared in the AHL on a conditioning stint during the 2016-17 campaign. In 190 games with the Griffins since 2005-06, Howard owns a 93-74-15 record, 2.66 goals-against average, 0.911 save percentage and 15 shutouts. He was on the 2006 AHL All-Rookie Team and was a two-time AHL All-Star (2006, 2008). Prior to turning professional, Howard spent three seasons at the University of Maine, posting a 47-23-10 record, 1.84 goals-against average, 0.931 save percentage and 15 shutouts. His collegiate accolades include the 2003 Hockey East Rookie of the Year, 2004 Hockey East First All-Star Team, 2004 Hockey East Tournament MVP and 2004 Hockey East Goaltender of the Year. Internationally, Howard was a 2014 Olympian for the United States and has appeared at the 2002 IIHF Under-18 World Championship (gold), 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2012 and 2017 IIHF World Championships.

Brian Lashoff, Defenseman

Born Jul 16 1990 -- Albany, NY

Height 6.03 -- Weight 221 -- Shoots L

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