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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Notes from Monday's practice

-- Niklas Kronwall didn't practice. His groin injury didn't bother him after Saturday's skate, but did feel bad Sunday. He won't be in the lineup Wednesday.
-- Dominik Hasek (hip) said that he felt fine again. Coach Mike Babcock said that he'll wait to see how Hasek feels after Tuesday's practice to decide who starts in net Wednesday.
-- A lot of Monday's practice was spent on special teams. With Kronwall absent, Mikael Samuelsson was on the second power-play unit point alongside Brett Lebda. Johan Franzen worked in with the second unit up front along with Jiri Hudler, Dan Cleary and Valtteri Filppula.
-- Lebda was paired with Andreas Lilja. Derek Meech and Chris Chelios were the third blue-line tandem. Hudler worked in with the Henrik Zetterberg line. Tomas Kopecky, Dallas Drake, Matt Ellis and Aaron Downey took turns on the fourth line.
-- One portion of the practice was working on 2-on-2s and 3-on-2s with the defensemen staying up on the forwards as tight as could be. So tight that many, many blue-liners were burned.
-- Jimmy Howard is back in Grand Rapids.
-- Sunday's game in Chicago will be on local TV in the Windy City.
-- Line combinations ...


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