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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, December 22, 2009

Fil taking part in drills

UPDATE: Filppula said that he's not playing in Wednesday's game against Chicago, but is scheduled to return to the lineup Dec. 26, if he doesn't have any setbacks. Mattias Ritola hasn't played center since his days of youth hockey, so the line combinations for Wednesday are still up in the air.

"I've got one more day to figure that out," said coach Mike Babcock.

Also of note ... Jimmy Howard gets the start in net, Wednesday.


At the Red Wings' practice and Valtteri Filppula is taking part in all drills, centering the fourth line. Mattias Ritola, who was just brought up from Grand Rapids, is working in on the fourth line with wingers Kirk Maltby and Brad May.

Here are the lines they're working out of ...

May-Filppula-Maltby (Ritola working in)



The defensemen are rotating partners.


Anonymous John W. said...

Hey Bruce, are any of the other injured players skating at practice? I know a week or 2 ago it was reported all of them skated a little, any updates on any of them?

December 22, 2009 at 1:07 PM 
Blogger Kurt said...

Wow, who would have thought at the beginning of the year that Draper-Helm-Eaves would be the second line?

December 22, 2009 at 2:49 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Nobody else is skating, at least regularly.

December 22, 2009 at 2:55 PM 

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