Downey sick, Ritola called up.

Update (9:46pm):  Apparently some NHL rule prevented the Wings from sending Ritola straight back to Grand Rapids today. (I bet he was relieved…) He may get another chance to play for the Wings in Columbus tomorrow. Jimmy Howard also remains with the Wings, but will be sent down following tomorrow’s game. That means we should see Hasek in net on Wednesday. (via the GR Press) -Sarah

Mattias Ritola got a surprise call-up from the Wings today due to the flu bug. (via The Hockeytown Blog) Apparently Aaron Downey is too sick to play, so Ritola will need to fill in. Could be a long day for Ritola, as Grand Rapids is still expecting him to make it back for their 7pm faceoff tonight. Wish the guy luck, and happy birthday (He turned 21 yesterday.) Look for him to wear #42, as Hudler’s got the #26 he typically wears in GR.