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by George Malik on 02/09/13 at 12:25 AM ET
Sorry this is so very late, but I kinda crashed after a pair of nights with little sleep and some fun fun fun moving of cars around the condo parking lot early in the morning. There's something of a modicum of good news on the back injury front! MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi is just dealing with the kinds of issues that those of us with bad backs and hip flexors (myself included) deal with in terms of wear and tear, and Bertuzzi isn't expected to be out for an extended period of time as his MRI came back showing no issues in terms of strains or sprains:
"Docs didn't see anything significant. Weekend off and see how he feels Monday,'' Holland said.
The Red Wings recalled forward Joakim Andersson (6-2, 200) from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Andersson has 10 goals, 17 assists and 55 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Griffins. He appeared in five games with the Red Wings last season, getting no points.
Holland said Andersson was recalled because the team wanted a extra forward nearby this weekend, just in case. The Griffins play in Oklahoma City this weekend, and it might have been difficult to get someone to Detroit at short notice.
"We don't want to wake up tomorrow or Sunday and need a body,'' Holland said. “We have different ideas for the lineup, we'll decide in the morning. (Andersson) brings a big body, he can penalty kill, he's a good defensive forward.''
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