Red Wings recall G Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids

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Nov 23, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings have recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

He was injured back on December 20, in a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, when Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen collided into him.

With the injury, Howard was originally scheduled to miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain but had a setback during his first rehab stint with the Griffins.

During his latest rehab trip to Grand Rapids, he went 2-0 with a shutout and a .962 save percentage.

Before Howard went down, he posted a 1.96 GAA, .934 save percentage, and a 5-7-1 record. With those numbers, Howard could have been on pace to have a career season.

Howard has had trouble staying healthy the past few seasons; hopefully, he can return back to form quickly.