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, December 23, 2009
Rafalski a maybe for tonight
Defenseman Brian Rafalski has the flu and is a maybe for tonight's game against Chicago. The Red Wings aren't calling anyone up from Grand Rapids, so if Rafalski can't go tonight, they'll be short one defenseman.
"We're hoping he's going to go," said coach Mike Babcock.
Wings will double shift center
It looks like Mattias Ritola will play center tonight. (Unless Babcock decides to double-shift one of his three other centers.) Ritola, who hasn't played in the middle since he was a kid, is centering the fourth line at the morning skate with Kirk Maltby and Brad May on his wings. Valtteri Filppula is practicing and is on schedule to return to the lineup Saturday.
This morning's lines ...
Brian Rafalski is not on the ice this morning. I assume is a minor thing and he'll be in the lineup tonight, otherwise they would have put Lidstrom's new partner with him in the practice. Lilja is a placeholder for Rafalski.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Fil taking part in drills
"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.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Newbury assigned to GR
UPDATE: Now we know the reason ... Red Wings recall Mattias Ritola from Grand Rapids. Ritola was drafted by the Wings in 2005. He has played two NHL games, both in 2007-08. Ritola has 14 points in 31 games with the Griffins this season.
Friday, December 18, 2009
The list grows
That brings the number of sidelined Red Wings to eight. Coach Mike Babcock said after the game that Valtteri Filppula might be the closest to returning.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Ericsson out indefinitely
UPDATE:The Red Wings are bringing up defenseman Doug Janik from Grand Rapids for his second call-up of the season.
Vice president and assistant general manager Jim Nill aid that Ericsson is likely out at least two weeks.
Initial tests showed no ligament damage, but a final determination can't be made until the bruise subsides. More ligament tests will be done.
"We're not going to know until the bruising goes away," said Nill.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Ericsson knee to be checked Tuesday
"We're hopeful," said Babcock. "We'll see what happens. It didn't look very good on TV."
Ericsson left the game after being checked by Shane Doan with five minutes left in the first period. The hit caused Ericsson's left knee to buckle backwards.
Also, Babcock said that he's "pretty sure" that Jimmy Howard will start in net again, Thursday night.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Cleary out 4 weeks with separated shoulder
Today we find out that pain was a separated shoulder, which will keep Cleary out of the lineup for four weeks.
Ville Leino, who has been a healthy scratch the past two games, will be back in the lineup for Friday's game against Anaheim.
Also of note, Jimmy Howard will start in net, Friday.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This is hockey
Top that football.