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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, April 15, 2009

Cleary will play in Game 1

Coach Mike Babcock just said that Cleary will be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1.

That will likely mean that Cleary will be on the second line with Henrik Zetterberg in the middle and Johan Franzen on the other wing. That will bump Mikael Samuelsson back to the third line with Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler.

The first line will be Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Holmstrom and Marian Hossa. The fourth line will be Darren Helm, Tomas Kopecky and Kirk Maltby.

Cleary didn't skate today. He suffered an injury during Tuesday's practice, likely when Niklas Kronwall checked him into the boards. Cleary said that he went for tests, yesterday.

"It showed there's something there, but it's not a big concern," said Cleary. "It's more precautionary than anything."

"I should be ready to go, shouldn't be a problem," said Cleary.

Everything this time of year is a piece of the puzzle. How badly is Cleary hurt? Don't know. But that he went for tests is a piece. That he can't skate right now is a piece. That they're sure he'll be in the lineup is another piece.


Blogger John said...

So.. does this mean Leino stays or goes? That is your next piece. If Leino stays.... well, let's just hope Cleary's injury is out-of-body and day-to-day.

April 15, 2009 at 1:15 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

My guess is that with Cleary not skating today, Leino stays until it's obvious that Cleary will be on the ice for Game 1. Then Leino goes to GR for the playoffs and returns either when the Griffins are eliminated or there's an injury in Detroit.

April 15, 2009 at 3:01 PM 

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