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Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula’s status iffy for Tuesday, but he’s okay

Updated 6x with some gory details at 8:42 PM: DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose offers at least decent news regarding Valtteri Filppula, who suffered a skate cut to the back of his left leg when he was accidentally slew-footed by Colorado Avalanche forward David Jones on Sunday:

#RedWings practicing at Scottrade Center. Valtteri Filppula (cut leg) is not on the ice. Not known if he’ll play Tue. @DetroitRedWings #NHL

Update: This is good news, per the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

Filppula stayed off ice as precaution today, but might play Tuesday. Needs skate that won’t rub cut above ankle.

Update #2: Per MLive’s Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula avoided a serious injury when he was cut in the lower right shin by a skate blade Sunday.

He needed some stitches for a small but deep cut but might play Tuesday at St. Louis (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit).

Filppula said his status will depend on whether the equipment people can do something with his skate to relieve the pressure of the cut.

Update #3: From Roose:

#RedWings V. Filppula has deep cut, about inch wide, to front lower R leg. He’ll play Tues. if alteration to skate is comfortable, he said.

Update #4: Here’s Khan, version 2.0. Khan reports that Jimmy Howard will start on Tuesday vs. the Blues:

Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula avoided a serious injury when he was cut in the lower right shin by a skate blade Sunday in Colorado.He needed some stitches for a small but deep cut but might play Tuesday at St. Louis (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit).

Filppula said his status will depend on whether the equipment people can do something with his skate to relieve the pressure of the cut.

“I feel OK; it’s a little sore,’’ Filppula said. “It wasn’t that wide of a cut but it was deep.We’re working on a skate, trying to get the pressure away from it. I feel fine other than that. ... I can walk normally, so that’s obviously a good thing.’‘

Filppula, who was injured late in the first period, said he plans to start wearing Kevlar socks. He did not practice today at Scottrade Center.

Update #5: Here’s Helene St. James’ full report:

Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula didn’t join his teammates as they practiced this afternoon at Scottrade Center, but that had more to do with needing an equipment adjustment than his injury. Filppula left in the first period of Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Colorado after getting cut right above his right ankle in a freak accident. He needed stitches to close the gash but said today he feels fine and may play against the Blues Tuesday if he can get his skate adjusted so it doesn’t run against the wound.

“It’s just a little sore,” he said. “I don’t really even know how it happened. I just notice that I got hurt and I felt like I got cut. It wasn’t that wide of a cut, but it was pretty deep. We’re working on a skate, trying to get the pressure away from it. I feel fine other than that.”

If Filppula can’t play, it looks like, based on today’s practice, that Danny Cleary would move into the left wing spot on the second line, and Cory Emmerton would move up to play in Cleary’s spot on the third line with Darren Helm and Chris Conner.

Update #6: Here’s a bit more about Filppula’s state and state of mind from the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, who notes that Filppula was actually cut on the front of his right leg..

Filppula didn’t practice Monday in St. Louis but was walking around the locker room with ease and could be ready to play Tuesday against the Blues if protective equipment is ready and comfortable to wear.

“I feel OK, a little sore,” Filppula said. “It felt like I was tripped and I felt right on (a) skate at the same time, and I got cut.”

The cut — right above the ankle and just under the shin pad — wasn’t wide, but it was deep and required stitches.

“I don’t know (how many); it really doesn’t matter,” said Filppula. “No tendons (were cut) and that was a good thing. That would have made a longer stretch (of games missed).”

As well as the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness...

“I felt like I tripped and at the same time I got cut,” Filppula said. “I haven’t even seen it on tape yet, but I heard it was really tough to see what happened there.”

Filppula, who’s one of the hottest Wings offensively of late, hopes to play [tomorrow] against the Blues.

“We’re working on a skate, so hopefully,” Filppula said. “They’re trying to get the pressure away from the (cut) so if that works, I feel fine other than that. Hopefully the skate is ready tomorrow and I can see how it feels in the morning and if it feels good enough to play,” Filppula added. “It feels fine and I can walk normally, so that obviously is a good thing.”

To help avoid a reoccurrence, Filppula will begin wearing Kevlar socks.

“I should have already worn them, but hopefully for the future I don’t get these (types of injuries) anymore,” Filppula said..
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“I never spent a whole lot of time thinking about this one, but I like them not to get hurt, so whatever they’ve got to do for that,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked about players wearing Kevlar to protect those unprotected areas on the body. “I mean, they have to be comfortable with that they wear, too. It’s unfortunate.”

And DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:

“It’s just a little sore,” said Filppula, who did not practice Monday afternoon with the Red Wings at Scottrade Center. “I really don’t even know how it happened. I just noticed that I got hurt and I felt like I got cut right away. It wasn’t that wide of a cut, but it was pretty deep.”

The freakish play began with Filppula intercepting a clearing pass up the middle of the ice by Avalanche center Paul Stastny. The pass was intended for Avs forward David Jones, however, Filppula tipped the puck toward the half wall and as he regained possession inside the blue line that’s where Jones’ skate blade somehow cut the Wings’ forward.

Detroit can’t afford to lose Filppula, who has been on fire in the first quarter of the season, skating on a line with center Henrik Zetterberg and forward Jiri Hudler. Filppula is currently third in team-scoring with 21 points.

Monday afternoon, alterations were being made to Filppula’s skate to provide protection to the cut, which doctors purposely left open at the skin’s surface.

“The stitches are more under the skin and they left the top open,” Filppula said. “It went pretty deep, but lucky, no tendons.”

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Comments

MsRedWinger's avatar

Thanks, George.  I was getting really nervous wondering about this.  But if he’s with the team, it couldn’t have been too serious, right?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 12/05/11 at 05:18 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Accidental slewfoot = shenanigans.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 12/05/11 at 05:50 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Helene just updated on Twitter too:

Filppula stayed off ice as precaution today, but might play Tuesday. Needs skate that won’t rub cut above ankle

That sounds much more reassuring.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/05/11 at 05:55 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Danke danke.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/05/11 at 06:06 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Exhale!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 12/05/11 at 06:11 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Just rub it out Val


So to speak

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/05/11 at 06:55 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

How the heck did the shin get cut? Doesn’t the skate and the shinguard protect that pretty well? Slipped under the tongue of the skate maybe?

Glad to hear this is a relatively minor issue at least.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 12/05/11 at 06:55 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I’d be wearing a full kevlar body suit ala the Vancouver green girls.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 12/05/11 at 06:56 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

As far as I could tell, when Jones slew-footed Filppula, Jones actually tripped a bit and his blade came up and nicked Filppula in the back of his left leg. Players’ legs are, depending on the make and model of shin pad, either partially or completely unprotected on the backs of their calves.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/05/11 at 07:00 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Players’ legs are, depending on the make and model of shin pad, either partially or completely unprotected on the backs of their calves.

Right, but that’s not the shin anymore. That’s what confuses me.  A cut to the back of the leg makes far more sense, but then the media reporting need to be much more clear..

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 12/05/11 at 07:31 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Well that’s apparently where I was wrong. According to the latest updates, he got cut on the front of his leg, below the lip of his shin pad and above the tongue of his skate! :X

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/05/11 at 10:44 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh thank God he’s okay.  The worst I feared was a severed Achilles tendon.

[cringes]

Thank you, George, for the Wings coverage.  Every site I want to go to for Wings news, I no longer have to.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 12/05/11 at 10:44 PM ET

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