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by George Malik on 03/14/12 at 09:50 PM ET
As noted in the game-day update thread (expect one more update prior to the game there), Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom had a bad day in terms of his attempt to recover from a bone bruise in his left ankle, and to put things bluntly regarding the captain’s issue, I’m going to repeat something I said on Twitter:
Bone bruises are quite literally the concussions of the orthopedic injury world. There is no rhyme or reason as to how long it takes for any particular bone bruise to heal, regardless of one’s relative health, and when I heard that Lidstrom had a bone bruise, I was genuinely disappointed that he hadn’t broken his ankle or even suffered one of those infamous “high ankle sprains,” because those at least have concrete timelines for recovery.
Lidstrom’s had repeated x-rays to confirm that he hasn’t broken anything, but it’s very clear that the part of his ankle which suffered the bone bruise is located exactly where his ankle and heel dig into the back of his skate when he presses down on his toe to push off and skate forward, which means that he’s aggravating the injury with every stride, and he told DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose that his pesky injury remains so painful that the Wings’ medical staff is considering completely “shutting him down” for another week to try and rest an injury that’s clearly got a mind of its own:
“It is discouraging and it’s disappointing too that you’re feeling better and it’s getting up to over two weeks now,” said Lidstrom, who was injured Feb. 25. “So it’s frustrating when you want to be out there playing and you can’t.”
Lidstrom will sit out his eighth straight game when the Wings play the Ducks Wednesday night. It is the 43rd game of his career – regular-season and playoffs – that the legendary defenseman will miss in his 20 NHL seasons. Lidstrom admitted that he and team trainers have discussed shutting it down for a week to rest the still-swollen right ankle.
“We’ve talked about it and I’m sure (the trainers) will talk more to the coaching staff and we’ll see what the next step will be,” he said. “But it’s still day-to-day. It was more sore today, that’s the update, so I don’t think it’s good when you’re sore. They want me to be more cautious with it.”
Lidstrom had two separate X-rays taken of the ankle shortly after he was struck by a shot in the Feb. 25 game against Colorado. In both cases, the reports were negative and did not show any structural damage.
Asked if the unexpected recovery time has given way to thoughts of retirement after this season, Lidstrom said, “It hasn’t really come into my thought process at all. It’s just one of those freak accidents that I’ve never really experienced in the past, so I think that’s the frustrating part.”
So that’s good news at least. Lidstrom hates being in the press box—as he told Roose Monday night—and he’s readily stated that he just wants to get back to playing,so we can shelve those, “Onoes, Nick’s gonna call ‘em quits right now!” worries for good.
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