Lashoff sent back to Grand Rapids; McCollum recalled

DETROIT — Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff will be playing again this season, but it more than likely won’t occur in Detroit.

Lashoff was reassigned to Grand Rapids on Saturday.

The team also recalled Tom McCollum as a third goalie.

Jimmy Howard is expected to start Game 7 in Anaheim on Sunday, but there could be some concern on his health.

Howard was pulled off the ice early in the team’s morning skate prior to Game 6 in Detroit.

Wings coach Mike Babcock said it was planned.

“Anytime it’s real humid, and we’ve done this a lot in the past, before we’d have a minor league goalie available, but that team made the playoffs, so what we did was we skated him and gave him the boot,” Babcock said.

Howard was run into a couple of times in the first period of Game 5.

Lashoff got in the Wings’ playoff lineup after Danny DeKeyser broke his thumb in Game 2, but was replaced by Carlo Colaiacovo after struggling through three games.

Lashoff is expected to be in the Griffins’ lineup Saturday night against the Toronto Marlies.

McCollum had a 2.63 goals-against average with the Griffins in 18 games this season.

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