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by George Malik on 02/15/13 at 04:01 PM ET
Not good, not good. MLive's Ansar Khan wasn't able to get Red Wings GM Ken Holland name of the player who won't be able to play tonight against the Anaheim Ducks (it's on at 7:30 PM on FSD and Prime Ticket, but all of a sudden, there's confusion as to whether it will air on the NHL Network or not, so we don't know if it's gonna be blacked out for GCL and Center Ice subscribers!), necessitating the recall of Gustav Nyquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins--who the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports will play this evening...
But Khan and Pleiness were able speak to Holland about the rest of the Wings' injuries, and the news on Todd Bertuzzi is particularly distressing. It sounds like he's going to be gone for a month or more:
Todd Bertuzzi (back): “His lower back is bothering him. I got to believe he's out indefinitely, probably a minimum of a couple weeks. Even when he gets back, it's going to take a week or two to get up and running. Trying to the the flare-up to go down.''
Bertuzzi is in a lot of pain, but tests revealed no significant damage, just inflammation.
Darren Helm (back): “He feels a little better every day. Doctors aren't sure if it's a strain or a slight ligament tear. They ruled out disc problems or a hairline fracture. Appears some type of muscle or ligament pull or tear. Judging by how long he's been out, likely a slight tear. We're in a holding pattern, no idea of time frame.''
Mikael Samuelsson (groin) and Jan Mursak (collar bone): They might return on Sunday; by Tuesday, at the latest, barring a setback.
Brendan Smith (shoulder) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder): They are about a week-to-10 days away.
“If not next weekend, then shortly after,'' Holland said.
Johan Franzen (hip flexor) is out at least through Sunday.
“We’re going to be conservative with him,” Holland said. “Fortunately, we’re 7-4-2, we can be a little conservative.”
Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) may be heading to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint.
“We’ll decide tonight or tomorrow morning,” Holland said. “He’s getting close enough. We’re discussing ways of getting him up and running.”
The Griffins play Sunday and then again on Friday.
And Pleiness reports that Gustav Nyquist will play tonight:
Wings general manager Ken Holland said that Gustav Nyquist will be in the Wings’ lineup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.
Still waiting to hear who’s out up front.
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