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Stop The Train: Lidstrom To Play Friday?

Update at 1335: I’d be interested to read your reactions to what just happened.  Blast away if you think I should have gone with my instincts (that it was a typo).  Frankly, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened (to me)before. 

Updateat 1330: MacLeod just posted a correction.

My previous post said that Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to play Friday ... he is not expected to play. In fact, he’s out for three weeks.

That’s according to anti-digger Bruce MacLeod who blogged from the Wing practice about 90 minutes ago,

Nicklas Lidstrom (knee) is not on the ice and is expected to play Friday.

Honestly, there’s so little information there…and none anywhere else…that I almost think it could be a typo. I’ve email’d MacLeod to ask that specific question.  He’ll probably reply with, “I wrote it didn’t I?”, which will be fine with me.

More from Red Wing Corner, including upates on Rafalski, Kronwall and Hasek.


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Done Deal?  McCarty Signing Imminent

Update 0616: McCarty scored again for Grand Rapids last night.  More below.

Well, take a look at Khan(!).  The Deep Digger Captain is out ahead of the pack and may have just drilled an exclusive.


“We’ll very likely make him a contract offer,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “We’ll make a final assessment in the next day or two.”

The embattled Khan(!) got quite a few comments out of Holland. So many, in fact, that it appears Kenny was just waiting for someone to ask him the question.

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All Lidstrom, All Over

Scott Morrison, on HNIC radio last night said he was in a restaurant Monday night in Naples when Lidstrom got hurt.  Ken Holland was there too, with several other GMs, all watching the game.  Morrison said Holland’s eyes got big for a moment, followed by an awkward silence, then it was right back to normal. 

An interesting contrast to me.  I was in my living room, watching the game.  When Lidstrom got hurt, my eyes got big, followed by an awkward silence, followed by an attempt to sever my own achilles tendon with a Jenga block. I’m ok.

Today, everywhere you look, it’s all Lidstrom.

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Viktor Fedorov:  Print Hungry Dad Turns To Larin For Attention

Green Bay Mike, our Russian A2Y Correspondent, checked in late last night and brings us the latest from Igor Larin.  I’ll leave it to George Malik to comment on the accuracy of Larin’s reporting in the past.  For now, Daddy Feds seems to thinks a return to Detroit is in everyone’s best interests.  And, in true Viktorian fashion, he’s got plenty to say about the Wings in general.

Sport Express

Believe me, if Detroit doesn’t improve in “the hockey thought” and athleticism, it will fail in play-offs again.


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Lidstrom: More Tests Tomorrow

Updated 1537: Khan(!) had a chat with Ken Holland and believed every word he said, then he printed it.  Looking like a minor MCL thing.

I just spoke to Wings general manager Ken Holland, who said captain Nicklas Lidstrom will have an MRI on his right knee Wednesday. Holland called it a minor MCL sprain.

“I’d say he’ll be out a week and then we’ll reassess,’’ Holland said.“It’s one of the first times Nick has been hurt, so when you see it, it’s a concern.’‘

Lidstrom was injured six minutes into Monday’s 4-0 victory in Colorado on a hit from Ian Laperriere, who checked Lidstrom into the glass and drove a forearm/elbow into the defenseman’s chin.

“Our first concern was his head, which appears to be OK,’’ Holland said.


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More Advice For Wing Fans

Some of you feel like victims.  You feel the world is, because you’re a Wing fan, against you; even hoping for your sorrow.  You greet each day knowing there are fans out there who take great joy in your misery, and that of your team.  Many of you revel in this.  It makes a small number of you cranky and itchy.

Whatever reaction happens to be yours, prepare yourself because I’ve got a stimulant for you.  Yet another voice from another state, representing another fan base, who would like to tell you how to support your team.  Shockingly that voice comes from down South.

Carolina way to be exact.

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Fun For The Whole Family

Wake up the kids.  Have them bring their Cocoa Puffs to the Commodore 64.  In the event they didn’t see last night’s game on Gary’s Versus, here are the highlights.

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Beat Down

Mike Keane was on Hockey Night in Canada radio a few weeks ago, talking about his life in the minors playing for the Manitoba Moose.  Hard not to respect the things he had to say, that he realizes he’ll probably never play for an NHL team again; but that he loves hockey and would like nothing more than to help Manitoba to a title.

It was one of those interviews that would typically leave you liking the guy because of what he represents as a hockey player.  And it almost made me forget that Keane referred to the Wings as “cowards” after McCarty dragged Claude Lemieux’s bloody face across the Joe Louis ice, closer to the Wings bench so that Kris Draper could get a better view.

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Worst Case Scenario: Lidstrom Helped Off Ice

Update 2233:  St. James and Khan(!) both blogging that John Hahn is claiming Lidstrom’s injury is a sprain, that he was sitting in front of his stall watching the game, and actually wanted to come out for the second.  Hold on to those sighs of relief though and answer this question: Is anyone going to tell the truth about the extent of an injury to Nick Lidstrom when Ken Holland’s trying to work a deal right now in Naples?

Update 2125:  From Khan(!)‘s blog (URL below): Wings spokesman John Hahn said it doesn’t appear to be too serious but he’s being held out as a precaution. Hahn said Lidstrom never blacked out and actually wanted to return to the game.

Update 2121: From St. James blog (URL below): “It doesn’t look too serious,” Hahn said, “but he is being kept out as a precaution.”

Update 2108:  Paul Woods reporting a “slight knee injury.”

Nick Lidstrom, and reports from Versus and the Diggers are calling it a right knee injury, was helped off the ice midway through the first in Denver.  Will provide updates here as we get them. 

No word yet on the extent of the injury. Lidstrom needed some assistance to get off the ice and was taken to the training room after a hard hit from Colorado’s Ian Laperriere at 6:10 of the first period. It happened during a Detroit power play as Laperriere hammered Lidstrom against the boards. Lidstrom tried to get up but was wobbling before trainer Piet Van Zant came onto the ice to help him off. Lidstrom’s right leg appeared to get bent in an awkward position.

Aaron Downey, because that’s what he does, beat the Hell out of Laperriere soon after.  And, yes, Laperriere turtled.

All the Diggers have blog entries up regarding Lidstrom.  Check them out for updates:  Khan(!), Niyo, St. James.

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Wing/Dive Chat Tonite

The chat room will be open as usual this evening as Michigan “transplants” flood the Can in Denver on Gary’s Versus.  See you guys in there around 1955.  Also, Kevin Allen joins Sean Baligian on WDFN’s “Ice Time”, streaming live at 1930.

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