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Ready To Hurl?  Zetterberg Out

Back spasms, according to Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod.

The biggest news from Saturday’s morning skate is that Henrik Zetterberg won’t play tonight because of back spasms. With Tomas Holmstrom back in Detroit with a bone bruise in his right knee, Mark Hartigan has been called up to give the Red Wings 12 forwards. Hartigan wasn’t at the morning skate.
Zetterberg will rest his back over the Christmas break and see how he feels on the other side.

“I’m not too worried,” said Zetterberg. “There’s been a lot of games played. I feel a little bad today. Hopefully, I get three days off, I’ll feel a little better after Christmas. Of course I want to play tonight, but if you think, be a little smart, you get a few days off and hopefully it won’t get worse. ... Today was the first time it was bad enough to not go out there. We decided not to play. It’s been pretty good lately. Overall for the year, it’s been good and bad days, but overall it’s been good.”

 

Khan(!) said he couldn’t get much out of Babcock as far as tonite’s line combinations go.

Babcock said Dan Cleary will start the game on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula. That’s the only combination he would reveal. Dominik Hasek is starting in goal, as expected.

MacLeod, naturally, has his back.

Here’s a look at the probable line combinations ...

DETROIT
Filppula-Datsyuk-Cleary
Hudler-Franzen-Samuelsson
Kopecky-Ddraper-Drake
Ellis-Hartigan-Downey
Lidstrom-Rafalski
Kronwall-Lilja
Lebda-Chelios
Hasek (starts)
Osgood
Meech (healthy scratch)

MINNESOTA
Voros-Demitra-Gaborik
Rolston-Belanger-Bouchard
Veilleux-Moore-Radivojevic
Parrish-Sheppard-Foy
Schultz-Johnsson
Skoula-Hill
Carney-Burns
Harding (starts)
Backstrom

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