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And The Hits…They Just Keep On Comin’

The Red Wings have two butt kickers on the back end. Unfortunately neither of them can stay healthy. First Nik Kronwall, then Kronwall again, then Danny Markov, then Kronwall again, then Markov...this time for three weeks. And it's not unexpected. Markov's injury problems have followed him all over the league. Ted Kulfan/Detroit News
"He came out for one shift to start the third period but didn't play after that and didn't finish the game," coach Mike Babcock said.

Markov broke the hand when he blocked a shot during the second period of Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over St. Louis.

Kronwall is rapidly gaining a similar reputation.  The kid just can’t stay healthy. 

Khan(!)/MLive

Kronwall, who reaggravated a groin injury Friday in Minnesota, practiced for a short time with the team on Wednesday.

“They decided it was better if they take me off the ice and ease into it slowly,” Kronwall said. “I’ll hopefully practice full-out (today) and Friday and then (play) Saturday.”

For now, the bigger issue lies with the most recent ailment because the Wings are stuck with bringing up Derek Meech from Grand Rapids (Kyle Quincey has a concussion).  So,  if you’d like something to stress about today, consider the fact that tonite the Wings will feature Meech, Andres Lilja and Brett Lebda on D. 

Fortunately, each will be paired with either a certain Hall of Famer or Mathieu Schneider—who could make a case for enshrinement himself.

Our boy Pavel is pleased as punch with his pairing with pal Hank…even if that means he has to play the wing.

Khan(!)/MLive

Datsyuk said he’s perfectly willing to let Zetterberg play center.

“Now I don’t need to back-check, Hank back-check,” Datsyuk said. “That’s very nice.”

That’s going to go over real well in negotiations.

Oh, and hey, I see Manny took one to the melon in practice and has been placed on IR.  At least when Hasek had teammates firing at his head it wasn’t for poor play, only for being a tool.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com