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by George Malik on 03/15/12 at 07:41 PM ET
Updated 3x at 6:07 PM w/ confirmation of Pearce’s recall: Thought MLive’s Ansar Khan’s report about Nicklas Lidstrom being shut down for the weekend was bad? Well it’s not exactly shocking news that the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that Lidstrom will head back to Detroit, but here comes the crapola: Joey MacDonald tweaked his back, sooo…per St. James...
While the rest of the team flew from Los Angeles to San Jose, where they play Saturday, Lidstrom flew back to Detroit. Goaltender Jordan Pearce flew in the other direction, called up to serve as the team’s backup while Joey MacDonald recovers from back spasms suffered in Wednesday’s 4-0 loss at Anaheim. Lidstrom has missed a career-high eight straight games since suffering a bone bruise when he was hit on the outside of his right ankle by a puck Feb. 25 against the Colorado Avalanche.
“We’re discouraged and frustrated,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “We thought he’d be back playing by now. He had a hard time putting his foot in the boot yesterday, so we decided to bring him home. He’ll be reassessed Monday morning.”
Holland said Pavel Datsyuk could return as soon as Saturday; it’s pretty much up to the star forward to tell the Wings when he’s ready to come back after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Feb. 21.
The latest to get hurt is MacDonald.
“He tweaked or pulled something last night,” Holland said. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he won’t be on the bench Saturday.”
I want to state very seriously, however, that the Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa is taking things a little too far:
nicklas lidstrom returns to detroit after he is told no skating for 3 to 4 days on bad ankle. likely to miss another week, at least.
Lidstrom could return as soon as Wednesday against the Rangers if he feels OK on Monday, and we DO NOT KNOW how long the bone bruise will take to heal. Lidstrom doesn’t know. When he can stand its discomfort when he pushes off, he will return, and bone bruises do not have timelines for healing. Panicking makes no sense at this point because the news is already bad enough.
Update: As I posted this, Krupa filed his report...
Nicklas Lidstrom will return to Detroit on Thursday, two days ahead of the team, and the Red Wings said he will remain off the ice for three to four days to allow more time for the deep bone bruise in his right ankle to heal. That schedule would likely keep Lidstrom out of the lineup at least through the end of next week, given his need for some skating and practices.
“I think we’re all a little discouraged,” said Ken Holland, executive vice-president and general manager of the Red Wings. “Nick had the injury (Feb. 25) and the doctors felt it would be about two weeks. But it’s not healing as quickly as we felt or hoped.”
Piet van Zant, the Red Wings’ trainer, told Lidstrom Wednesday in Anaheim that some days of complete rest were in order, after Lidstrom skated for five minutes on both Monday and Tuesday and then came of the ice after about three minutes on Wednesday, saying it was “more sore.”
With the Wings off Thursday, practicing Friday, and playing the Sharks Saturday before returning home, the decision was made to allow Lidstrom four days for more healing.nLidstrom was to return to Detroit on Thursday ahead of the team, but Holland said that is not to allow for more tests. Previous exams determined there is no fracture, despite the prolonged pain.
“The doctors feel pretty comfortable it is healing,” Holland said. “It’s just not healing as quickly as hoped or expected.”
Lidstrom told Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom that he’s been able to keep in shape, so one or two practices would do the trick.
Update #2: For the hell of it, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun held a chat with readers this afternoon, and offered a simple “no” when asked if the Wings would catch the Blues;
• And the Grand Rapids Griffins’ “Griffiti” magazine published for March, and it includes articles about Fabian Brunnstrom (with an accompanying YouTube interview), Chris Minard (ditto on the YouTube front), two “Sled Wings” and the Griffins’ members who helped the Wings win 23 straight home games.
*Consider “foofah’ to be a made-up swear word thanks to playing too much of The Sims 3.
Update #3: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms Pearce’s recall:
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Joey MacDonald experienced some back spams following Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, prompting the club to recall Jordan Pearce from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
General manager Ken Holland said MacDonald will stay with the team but Pearce will dress as Jimmy Howard’s backup Saturday in San Jose.
“It appears to be (day-to-day),’’ Holland said. “Hopefully, he’ll get better by Monday. If not, we’ll be home and have it looked it.’‘
Update #3.5: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness also confirms all of the aforementioned info.
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