MacDonald Showing Growth in Relief Role
Standard Spin: Joey MacDonald was the 'man of the match' on Friday, allowing only one goal in regulation, and then stopping 2 of 3 attempts in the shoot-out for a 2-1 Red Wings' victory over the Ducks. MacDonald called it the biggest victory of his career. He's been playing well in relief for the injured Jimmy Howard, going 2-1-1. Howard owners should not hesitate to plug MacDonald in while they wait for their #1 netminder to return.
And the update on Howard is that he could be back as early as Thursday, Feb. 16th against Dallas, but that would be the very earliest. It could still be another couple of weeks for his pinky finger to heal completely.