Jimmy Howard is a Father, Joey MacDonald is a Call-Up (also a father)

We already know he's good with kids.

According to RedWingsFront's Chuck Pleiness, goaltender Jimmy Howard will miss tomorrow's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets for the best of reasons. Reports are that Jimmy's wife Rachel gave birth to the couple's first child (a boy) on Sunday.

As a result, the Red Wings' announced on their official Twitter feed this morning that Joey MacDonald has been called up from Grand Rapids to join the team. The Wings have the cap space to make this move and will not need to use an emergency exemption thanks to the unfilled roster spot left by Mike Commodore's IR status and Brendan Smith's return to Grand Rapids (done last week).

Congratulations to the Howard family on this happy occasion!

To Wings fans who are really curious to see how Conklin will rebound from giving up seven goals on Saturday: at least you didn't have to wait very long, right?

No official word yet on how long Jimmy will be away from the team, but I'm guessing he'll be back in net for Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks.

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