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by George Malik on 01/17/13 at 10:22 PM ET
Updated 3x at 9:55 w/ Babs gabba and pictures from practice: Oh joy, here the groins come again. The Red Wings will start the season without Jakub Kindl (groin), Darren Helm (back) and most certainly Joey MacDonald (back), and Mikael Samuelsson has just recovered from a groin injury. As it turns out, groin injuries are apparently contagious, though Todd Bertuzzi apparently only skipped the latter half Jam the Joe practice with a sore groin (more to come in the evening update post) for precautionary reasons:
Update: via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan offers a more substantive report, with Babcock saying that he didn't know hwo badly Bertuzzi was dinged up:
“You know how they tell me all the time that's nothing?'' Babcock said. “What is it?''
“Thank you very much,'' he said.
Forward Mikael Samuelsson missed a couple of practices earlier this week due to a groin strain but was back on the ice Thursday and said he expects to play Saturday. Center Darren Helm (back) won't play this weekend.
“I thought it was a heck of a week,'' Babcock said. “I expected more (groin injuries).''
The players skated for about 90 minutes Thursday night in front of roughly 2,000 fans. Their final practice before Saturday's season opener at St. Louis will be noon Friday at JLA (open to the public, free of charge).
"In five days you're trying to do what you did in five weeks,'' Babcock said. "We're trying to be prepared. We got a big game against St. Louis. I read in ESPN they're picked to win the (Stanley) Cup, so we better get ready to go. We're going to go fast and execute and make sure we got our details done. We plan on coming in tomorrow and feeling really good about ourselves, whipping around, competing hard for 35-40 minutes and be ready to go.''
Asked about his early-season goaltending plans, Babcock said, “Howie (Jimmy Howard) is going to start, and if he plays good he's going to start again, and if if he plays good he's going to start again.''
Play Howard three games in four nights?
“Why not?'' he said.
Update #2: Here's George Sipple's report:
Red Wings’ forward Todd Bertuzzi skated for the first portion of tonight’s evening skate at Joe Louis Arena, but didn’t return for the last part due to a tender groin.
“Bert felt some tightness in his groin,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Bertuzzi joins Mikael Samuelsson and Jakub Kindl as players who have had groin issue this week as the team prepares to begin the season Saturday at St. Louis.
“What did we expect when we came here,” Babcock said. “I thought it was a heck of a week. I expected more (injuries).”
One half of the lower bowl was filled with fans who came out to watch the practice session. The fans then were able to skate on the ice. The Wings wanted to simulate a game day, so they held a morning skate and then returned for a second evening practice.
“We did a checklist of things we had to get through,” Babcock said. “In five days we’re trying to do what you did in five weeks.”
Update #3: If you need more of a Babcockian growl, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness provides it...
Todd Bertuzzi left Thursday night’s practice at Joe Louis Arena early with a groin injury. He felt tightness midway through practice.
Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t know the extent of the injury.
“I thought it was a heck of a week,” Babcock said. “I expected more (groin injuries).”
Defenseman Jakub Kindl in either practice due to a sore groin and is listed as day-to-day.
Mikael Samuelsson just returned from a groin strain after misses a couple of practices and the Red and White scrimmage.
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