The Afternoon Shift – Oct. 27

Joey MacDonald/Photo by Mark Newman

When perusing the all-time goaltending records section of the Griffins’ 2010-11 Media Guide, two names stand out above the rest, for both their frequency and the prestigious marks they own: Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald.

Many of the records that MacDonald established during his original 2002-07 tenure – including games played, minutes played, wins and saves – were eclipsed by Howard during his 2005-09 run. Now that Jimmy is backstopping the Red Wings full time, Joey has returned and is poised to reclaim his places at the top.

First up is wins, a franchise record that MacDonald could make as untouchable as Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak or Jerry Rice’s 197 career receiving touchdowns.

MacDonald and Howard are tied atop the leaderboard at 90 victories heading into the Griffins’ game this Friday against Oklahoma City, with third place (Mike Fountain’s 55) already a tiny speck in their rear-view mirror. Given the often transient nature of AHL goalies, Joey Mac could pretty much put that record away for good with yet another solid season between the pipes.

Once that trophy is back in MacDonald’s case, he’ll continue to close in on Howard’s marks for games played (186 to 168), minutes played (10,659 to 9,452) and saves (4,849 to 4,343), while trying to extend his own record of 17 shutouts.

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