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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, February 18, 2008

Lidstrom not returning to game

The announcement was just made in the press box at the Pepsi Center that Nicklas Lidstrom suffered a knee injury and will not return to the game. Lidstrom was nailed into the boards by Ian Laperriere 6:10 into tonight's game.
Team spokesman John Hahn said that the initial report was that Lidstrom's injury wasn't serious, but he was being held out the rest of the game as a precaution.
POST-GAME UPDATE: Coach Mike Babcock said that the extent of Lidstrom's injury isn't known yet, but that he might be out a week to 10 days.
"He's going to be fine," said Babcock of Lidstrom. "I don't know if he's going to be out a week or 10 days or what. He's got something mild in the inside of his knee. I don't know what the technical term is, but it just means that he's not playing right away."

It looked as though Laperriere's forearm caught Lidstrom on the jaw and knocked the Detroit captain woozy.
Obviously if Lidstrom misses any time, it will be a huge loss for the Red Wings, who are already without their No. 2 defenseman, Brian Rafalski (groin), and No. 3 defenseman, Niklas Kronwall (shoulder). Lidstrom has won five Norris Trophies and is a strong candidate for a sixth this season.


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