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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

No Cleary

The Red Wings have just started their morning practice and Dan Cleary is not on the ice. Unless he improves, it looks like he won't be ready for Thursday's Game 1 against Columbus.

Ville Leino, just recalled from Grand Rapids, gives the Wings 12 healthy forwards.

Kris Draper, who has an undisclosed injury, is on the ice and working through drills. But Draper has already been ruled out of playing in Games 1 and 2 because of his injury.

Dick Axelsson, 21, Detroit's third draft pick in 2006, was brought in from Sweden by the Griffins on an amateur tryout.

It looks like Hudler's Finnish is about to improve. Leino is on the third line with Filppula and Hudler.

Today's practice lines ...




Lots of time spent on special teams, both PP and PK.


Blogger Nathan said...

Bruce, any idea what's going on with Draper? It seems odd that he played his usual minutes the game after he got injured, then had two games off to rest, has been on the ice fully practicing each of the last two days, and yet has been rule out for both games one and two completely. If he's fully practicing, I would expect they'd at least say day-to-day.

Is this an injury, or is there something more? The quotes from Draper sound very peculiar, like he is ready to go but being kept out for some reason we're not finding out about.

April 15, 2009 at 11:29 AM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

I'm certain that Draper is hurt. I don't think they'd cover up a benching like that and I'm sure they wouldn't say that he's out Games 1 and 2 if he wasn't hurt. Why scratch someone for two games at a time? Maybe you'd want him in Game 2.
I've read the stuff about the interview. I was there when Draper talked and in person, it was about two things ... his frustration over the injury and the fact that the Wings want a total lid on injury disclosure. Draper even apologized to reporters after the interview for not being able to say more.
Draper's the same guy on the ice and in the locker room the past two days. I think he's frustrated.

April 15, 2009 at 11:41 AM 
Blogger Nathan said...

Thanks for the quick response... it is appreciated. It just seemed odd that he played the game after he got hurt and has been involved in practice. Of course with upper-body injuries, you can still skate full-speed, so I guess it would make sense he was practicing if he had a hand/wrist/arm/shoulder thing.

Thanks for the updates.

April 15, 2009 at 11:44 AM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

And I agree with you about it being odd that he played. Perhaps I shouldn't have said "I'm certain". Make that "I think he's injured" or "I believe he's injured".

April 15, 2009 at 11:48 AM 
Blogger John said...

Draper made the comment that it happened in Buffalo. So let's just be firmly convinced that it's an injury but something minor. Even at -13 you still want to dress the 2nd best face-off guy in the league Draper is close to 66% at even strength. Plus a lot of those "-" goals came just after PK's and when he has been matched up against top opponent lines like Nash and Iginla. In my opinion, Draper and Maltby have actually been playing some of their best hockey all year the last couple weeks. On the other side of this, I want to get Leino up. I want to get Helm up. I want to make Columbus dizzy with skating and shorten up this series. Leino and Helm provide that. Drapes and Clears get a couple days off. Come back and provide that otherworldly competition level that has made them Detroit favorites.

April 15, 2009 at 1:24 PM 

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