Joseph gets the call after loss to Blues

Updated: October 30, 2003, 12:45 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph will get his first start of the season against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Detroit coach Dave Lewis announced his decision following the Red Wings' 6-5 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Joseph will be making his first NHL start since undergoing surgery Aug. 19 to remove bone chips from his right ankle. He made a rehabilitation start Oct. 24 for Grand Rapids of the AHL and had 20 saves in his first minor league hockey game in eight seasons.

The Red Wings have been looking to trade Joseph since six-time Vezina Trophy winner Dominik Hasek ended his one-year retirement. Joseph, who carries an $8 million salary, is in his 15th NHL season.

Manny Legace will be Joseph's backup against Nashville. Legace replaced Hasek early in the second period of Wednesday night's against St. Louis after Hasek allowed four goals on 13 shots.

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