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by George Malik on 03/18/11 at 02:01 PM ET
Updated 5x at 1:10 with Hudler and Osgood news: Here’s an update on the respective injury statuses of Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski and forward Pavel Datsyuk, per the Free Press’s Helene St. James:
The Red Wings appear to have caught a break on the injury front, as defenseman Brian Rafalski won’t miss any games and forward Pavel Datsyuk is only day-to-day.
General manager Ken Holland said this morning that Rafalski is “planning to play in Nashville. Pav is sore but possible for tomorrow.” Datsyuk’s status will be determined Saturday morning.
Datsyuk was hurt midway through the third period of Thursday’s 2-0 victory at Columbus when he was hit along the boards by Nashville’s Rick Nash, suffering what the Wings termed a lower-body injury.
Update 12:18 PM: Per the Red Wings’ Twitter account, we shouldn’t expect much more news on this front because the team won’t practice today.
Update 12:36 PM: St. James also reports that Jiri Hudler will remained sidelined by the flu:
They’ll be without forward Jiri Hudler, whom Holland said has the flu and is feverish. Holland said doctors have told him Hudler should be fine by Monday’s game against Pittsburgh.
Yet another update: per the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
Just talked to Ken Holland and it appears the Wings are in good shape regarding Pavel Datsyuk and Brian Rafalski.
Holland said Rafalski (right knee) will play against Nashville, or at least planning to play, while Datsyuk (lower body) will see tomorrow.
Holland said Datsyuk woke up a little sore but no further tests will be needed.
How Datsyuk feels like tomorrow will determine whether he’ll play against the Predators.
Jiri Hudler (flu) will not play.
General manager Ken Holland said Datsyuk (lower body) will travel with the team to Nashville for Saturday’s game and could play against the Predators. Holland said Rafalski is “planning on playing.”
“[Datsyuk] woke up this morning and was sore, but there weren’t any significant symptoms,” Holland said.
Meanwhile, Holland said Jiri Hudler will not travel to Nashville and miss a second consecutive game.
“He has a fever and feels achy,” Holland said. “I don’t anticipate him going to Nashville.”
Chris Osgood (sports hernia) was working with goaltending coach Jim Bedard on Friday, and is expected to return to the lineup next weekHolland said Joey MacDonald, coming off a shutout victory in Columbus, will continue to back up Jimmy Howard in Nashville.
Update: Here’s Ansar Khan’s report:
The Detroit Red Wings received a bit of good news Friday.
General manager Ken Holland said defenseman Brian Rafalski’s right knee is fine and he should be able to play Saturday at Nashville.
Forward Pavel Datsyuk, however, is questionable. He’s still sore, but Holland said the team won’t know Datsyuk’s state until Saturday, but added that no tests were needed for his lower body injury.
Both were injured in the third period of the Red Wings’ 2-0 win against Columbus on Thurdsay night.
Holland also said that forward Jiri Hudler still has the flu and won’t be able to play Saturday.
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