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by George Malik on 01/14/13 at 01:18 PM ET
Updated 3x at 1:53 PM: Day 2 of the Red Wings' abbreviated training camp is underway, and I'll be updating this post with Tweets and news from said event.
There is some slightly worrisome news at present, as noted by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
And explained by the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Quick update from Day 2 of Red Wings training camp at Compuware Arena.
Forward Mikael Samuelsson is not on the ice dealing with a tender groin.
Forward Darren Helm is also missing and won’t practice Tuesday or take part in the Red and White scrimmage Tuesday night.
There is no timetable on when Helm will be back. Wings general manager Ken Holland said, “It all depends how he feels.”
Forward Pavel Datsyuk is on his way back from Russia.
The forward lines look like this — Zetterberg, Brunner, Mursak; Knuble, Filppula, Franzen; Abdelkader, Bertuzzi, Cleary; Tootoo, Miller, Emmerton with Eaves working in.
Defensemen pairings — Kronwall, Ericsson; Smith, Quincey; White, Kindl; Colaiacovo, Lashoff.
From MLive's Ansar Khan:
Forward Mikael Samuelsson isn't skating today during the second day of Detroit Red Wings training camp due to a sore groin. It is a precautionary move. He is day-to-day.
Center Darren Helm (back, day-to-day)hasn't been on the ice since last Wednesday and won't skate Tuesday, general manager Ken Holland said. This Wednesday is a day off, so the earliest Helm will be back on the ice is Thursday.
"Don't know Helm timetable, all depends how he feels Thursday,'' Holland said.
And yes, as MLive's Brendan Savage is reporting, Sergei Fedorov may or may not make a curtain call with CSKA Moscow. CSKA's witnessed the departures of Datsyuk and Ilya Bryzgalov, they've had Alex Radulov problems, their record is middling, they fired their coach and Russian oil and natural gas giant Rosneft is paying the bills at Vladimir Putin's insistence. CSKA needs some positive PR.
Here's another health update from Ted Kulfan, too:
A big issue heading into training camps around the NHL was the health of those players who didn't have regular competition with games overseas.
Could they handle the pace this week of getting ready for the regular season?
The Red Wings are being careful Monday as forward Mikael Samuelsson is being held out of practice. General manager Ken Holland said Samuelsson has a "tender groin" and was being held out as a "precautionary" measure.
Samuelsson joins Darren Helm (back) and Pavel Datsyuk as Red Wings not on the ice. Datsyuk was scheduled to arrive from Russia on Monday, Holland said, and he added it will be determined Tuesday when Datsyuk will go on the ice.
Datsyuk has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia and played Saturday in the KHL All-Star Game.
Helm suffered a strained muscle while doing some weightlifting late last week. "When his body says he's ready, he will hit the ice," Holland said.
Helm's availability is considered day to day.
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