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MacDonald to start for Detroit on Sunday; Goalie decision on Monday

Feb 18, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

Joey MacDonald AP

The Red Wings are going to keep riding the hot hand.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock says that he’s starting Joey MacDonald for tomorrow afternoon’s game against San Jose as the Wings will look to win their 23rd straight game at home. Jimmy Howard was going to get the call to play after getting over his broken finger, but Babcock wants to stand by MacDonald while things are going well.

A bigger decision looms for the Red Wings after Sunday’s game as they’re going to have to send a goalie down with Howard back. Wings GM Ken Holland will either send MacDonald or Ty Conklin down to Grand Rapids and Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness says that Holland will save the decision for Monday.

With how well MacDonald has played of late and how poorly Conklin has played all season, you have to think that Conklin’s number is up in Detroit.

  1. craggt - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I don’t think there is any doubt that MacDonald is the better goalie. Hopefully with additional playing time in the AHL Conklin can improve.

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