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by George Malik on 03/15/12 at 05:22 PM ET
Updated with an odd “Tweet” at 5:35 PM: No surprise here: MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that the Red Wings’ trainers and medical staff have chosen to keep Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom off the ice Friday and Saturday, and after a “travel day” on Sunday, the Wings will reconvene for a morning skate prior to Monday’s home game against Washington, and that’s where and when Lidstrom will give a slightly rested bone bruise in his left ankle an on-ice test:
“We’re giving him a few days off to see how it responds,’’ Holland said. “(Trainer) Piet Van Zant told him to shut it down until we get home on Monday, keep him off ice 3-4 days to do more healing.’‘
Holland, who returned to Detroit today from the NHL’s general managers meetings in Florida, said Lidstrom was given the option of flying home today, but he’s not sure if he took that option. Lidstrom has not skated for more than a couple of minutes since getting hit with a puck that rimmed along the boards on Feb. 25. After sitting out Saturday in San Jose and Monday at home against Washington, he will have missed 10 consecutive games, four more than his previous career-high (2008).
“I talked to Piet yesterday. Based on information from Nick, he’s a little discouraged, a little frustrated. It’s not healing as fast as he thought,’’ Holland said. “The doctors really felt a couple of weeks was going to be sufficient enough to get him up and running. But he’s not ready. There’s no time frame.’’ He’s better, but not to the point he needs to be to practice full out.’‘
Holland also provides injury updates regarding Pavel Datsyuk (knee)...
“He’s practiced hard this week,’’ Holland said. “It’s not a matter of him trusting it, feeling comfortable with it and feeling comfortable with his condition. Now it’s a matter of Pav telling us when he’s ready to play.’‘
Jakub Kindl (strained oblique muscle)....
“It’s a nagging injury, a 2-3 week injury,’’ Holland said.
And Jonathan Ericsson (broken left wrist)...
“I was told by doctors (on Friday) that he’s healing a little faster than they expected,’’ Holland said. “The thinking now is that it’s going to be another couple of weeks and in late March, hopefully he’ll be playing.’‘
Holland also weighed in on the Wings’ record of late:
“There were some good signs,’’ Holland said. “We’d like to get a little more out of some people. Fortunately, we banked a lot of points earlier in the year. Until these last two games, I thought we played well in some of the losses, in Nashville and Philly. We had a good first period last night, but got down 1-0 and seemed to sag. Even when you have injuries you have to find ways to win games. The wheels came off the last couple of games. But you can turn it around in a hurry, too.’‘
Update: We’re getting a conflicting report from the Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa, who says that Lidstrom is going back to Detroit:
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.
That’s somewhat irresponsible to suggest. The bone bruise heals on its own timeline, and he could be ready Monday or a month from now—we just won’t know until Lidstrom does.
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