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by George Malik on 03/05/12 at 01:52 PM ET
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Detroit Red Wings have officially used all four of their post-trade deadline call-ups as Doug Janik, Jordan Pearce and Chris Conner have been recalled to replace three banged-up Red Wings players—and here’s hoping that Jakub Kindl (“upper-body”), Jimmy Howard (“lower-body”/groin), Todd Bertuzz (groin) and the player that wasn’t replaced in the lineup, Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), are all healthy by Friday and Saturday’s back-to-back games against Los Angeles and Nashville:
The injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Doug Janik, forward Chris Conner and goaltender Jordan Pearce from the Grand Rapids Griffins. All three will be dressed for Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia.
Janik will replace Jakub Kindl, who suffered an upper-body injury a few minutes into Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Chicago. Conner likely will replace Todd Bertuzzi, who has been bothered by a sore groin. Peace will dress as Joey MacDonald’s backup because Jimmy Howard is out with a lower-body injury (day-to-day).
Nicklas Lidstrom will have his right ankle (deep done bruise) re-evaluated today, but he will miss his fourth game in a row on Tuesday.
The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms..
Heatlty bodies are a hard thing to find in the Wings’ locker rooom these days. Today, Detroit recalled defenseman Doug Janik, forward Chris Conner and goaltender Jordan Pearce from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
All three are expected to be dressed for Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia.
Nicklas Lidstrom (bone bruise) is expected to miss Tuesday’s game. It’ll be his fourth straight game he has missed since getting hit in the right ankle with a puck against Colorado. He will be re-evaluated today.
Defenseman Jakub Kindl (upper body), Todd Bertuzzi (groin) and Jimmy Howard (lower body) are all expected to miss the game against the Flyers.
Kindl was injured a few minutes into Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Chicago.
Conner was recalled Saturday night and then sent back to Grand Rapids after Todd Bertuzzi was able to play against the Blackhawks.
Pearce will backup Joey MacDonald. Howard is day-to-day.
As the Griffins have to submit a 22-man “Clear Day” roster to the AHL today, indicating the players they will use for the playoffs (excluding amateur or pro try-outs—expect the whole, “We’re going after Danny Dekeyser/will snag whichever major junior-playing-prospects we can as their teams are eliminated thing to pick up in a big way throughout late March for the Griffins), it’s entirely possible, if not probable, that one or more of the Wings’ three call-ups will just remain in Detroit—where the 23-man roster limit no longer applies—so that the Wings don’t find themselves short a body or three down the stretch.
Update: Here’s what the Griffins did in response:
DETROIT RECALLS THREE, GRAND RAPIDS SUMMONS TWO
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled left wing Chris Conner, defenseman Doug Janik and goaltender Jordan Pearce from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings reassigned goaltender Tom McCollum to Grand Rapids from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, while the Griffins recalled defenseman Bryan Rufenach from Toledo.
Conner, 28, was assigned to Grand Rapids following the Red Wings’ 2-1 loss to Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Livonia, Mich., native is fourth on Grand Rapids with 36 points (11-24—36) in 41 contests. He has skated in seven games with the Red Wings this season, recording one goal, two assists and a plus-two rating.
A native of Agawam, Mass., Janik has played in all 56 games for the Griffins this season, posting 26 points (7-19—26) and a team-best plus-18 rating. The 31-year-old was a plus-two in his Red Wings’ season debut on Feb. 28 at Columbus. Janik has 18 points (3-15—18) in 182 career NHL games with Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Montreal and Detroit.
The 25-year-old Pearce has posted a 3-7-1 record, a 3.53 goals against average and a 0.874 save percentage in 17 appearances with Grand Rapids this season. In 67 career contests with the team, the Alaska, Anchorage, native sports a 24-25-6 record with a 3.13 GAA and two shutouts.
McCollum, 22, returns to the Griffins after being reassigned to Toledo on Feb. 27. The Sanborn, N.Y., native has a 6-8 record with a 3.59 GAA and a 0.883 save percentage in 15 games with the club this season. He owns a 6-6-2 record, a 2.62 GAA and a 0.909 save percentage in 15 contests with the Walleye this season.
A native of Barrie, Ontario, the 22-year-old Rufenach ranks second among ECHL defensemen with 13 goals and 11th with 31 points (13-18—31). A first-year pro who spent four seasons at Clarkson University, Rufenach has recorded one assist in three games with the Griffins this season.
Grand Rapids will continue its season-high five-game road trip when it visits Texas on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Griffins will then visit the Houston Aeros for back-to-back games this weekend, on Saturday at 8:35 p.m. EST and Sunday at 6:05 p.m. EST.
Update: As noted in the game recap, we don’t know whether these players are being recalled for precautionary reasons (i.e. so that the Wings’ injured players have potential replacements in Philly), whether they’re full-fledged injury replacements or whatever the hell is going on as the Wings haven’t practiced yet, but if you want to panic, the Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo will happily indulge your desire to do so.
Updates on all three Wings will likely be provided after Monday’s practice.
The Wings travel to face the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night.
Bertuzzi played in Sunday’s 2-1 loss against Chicago but was slowed by the groin pull, which he originally suffered in Friday’s victory over Minnesota.
Kindl and Howard were both hurt in Sunday’s game. Kindl left after two shifts because of soreness in his upper body, according to coach Mike Babcock. Howard was relieved after one period after suffering the lower-body injury.
Howard said after the game he felt tightening as the first period progressed. Howard said he would be re-evaluated Monday morning.
Michigan Hockey Now also re-posted its profile of Conner.
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