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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.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lidstrom out three weeks

Nicklas Lidstrom will miss three weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee. In addition, he has taken one test that has shown no signs of a concussion and he will be taking another to verify that.
Niklas Kronwall (shoulder) is a possibility for playing Friday night, but he still has to compete in more battle drills at practice tomorrow. Brian Rafalski (groin) is definitely out of the lineup for this weekend.
In case Kronwall isn't able to make it back, the Red Wings will recall Jonathan Ericsson from Grand Rapids for their trip to Western Canada. If Kronwall is still shelved, then Ericsson will make his NHL debut Friday.

UPDATE: Forward Mark Hartigan has also been recalled from Grand Rapids. To make room for Hartigan and Ericsson, Dominik Hasek (hip flexor) and Rafalski have been put on injured reserve.


Blogger Andrew said...

Why was Hartigan called up?

February 20, 2008 at 3:15 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Not sure. Babcock only said that Ericsson was being called up. We found out afterwards that Hartigan is coming too.
My guess is that Hartigan gives them more of a scoring option if they want to shuffle the lineup.
Then again, Dallas Drake and Pavel Datsyuk didn't take part in practice today. There might be something more to that than just a day of rest.

February 20, 2008 at 3:25 PM 

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