Red Wings place Howard on IR, recall McCollum

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Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been placed on injured reserve after he injured his groin Saturday.

Howard left Detroit’s 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on a stretcher early in the first period. He had an MRI scheduled for Sunday.

Entering Saturday’s action, Howard was 16-7-7 with a 2.08 goals-against average.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled goaltender Tom McCollum from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

McCollum has appeared in one NHL game with the Red Wings, making five saves in a relief effort on March 30, 2011 against the St. Louis Blues.

In 21 AHL games this season the 25-year-old is 10-8-3 to go along with a 2.33 G.A.A. and a .911 save percentage.

Detroit is back in action Tuesday when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.