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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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No Cleary

UPDATE: Coach Mike Babcock just said after practice that Dan Cleary has an eye infection and is having it checked out by a doctor today. He complained of vision problems earlier this season, but no word on whether his current ailment is related or a new problem.

Cleary will not be in the lineup tonight. That bumps Jiri Hudler up to the third line and keeps Darren McCarty in the lineup.

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The Red Wings are on the ice for their morning skate right now. Dan Cleary, however, is absent. Coach Mike Babcock said yesterday that Cleary took Monday's practice off for personal reasons and would be a game-time decision for tonight. It also appears that Johan Franzen will make his return from a knee sprain that kept him out five games.

Here's the way the Wings are practicing ...

Holmstrom-Datsyuk-Hossa
Filppula-Zetterberg-Franzen
Hudler-Draper-Samuelsson
Maltby-Kopecky-McCarty

Lidstrom-Rafalski
Kronwall-Stuart
Meech-Lilja
Lebda (healthy scratch)

Osgood (starts)
Conklin

1 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Just an observation, but knowing that chemistry is a lot of success in hockey, I wonder if Lebda's terrible October can be at all attributed to the leg of fellow CTA card holder Chris Chelios. They way the complemented each other last season was a big reason for Lebda's rise. He has the speed that Chelios doesn't, but Chelios is one of the top 20 defensemen of all time. He has everything else. Shot, positioning, physical play and more wisdom than Socrates (and from what I understand he's older). With the Meech-Lilja, I think you again have a good complementing chemistry and I would dare Babcock to rotate these four in and out of games when Cheli comes back as tandems. Put in Lilja meech with you need to bang and put in Cheli and Lebda against the faster skilled teams. Or vice versa, I am not the coach, but I think that the math is there to support my theory and from years of watching them play it just adds up.

November 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM 

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