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by George Malik on 03/01/12 at 07:16 PM ET
Per Holland: Lidstrom has “deep bone bruise. Is out for weekend. Will be re-evaluated on Monday.” Lidstrom hit in ankle last Saturday.
#RedWings will be without Nicklas Lidstrom for Friday against #Wild and Sunday against #Blackhawks
I’m leaving all the practice news from today in the off-day post, so head there for your Thursday Wings news fix.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has been diagnosed with a “deep bone bruise,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press this afternoon. “He is out for the weekend. We’ll re-evaluate on Monday.”
Lidstrom will miss both Friday’s game against Minnesota and Sunday’s against Chicago. After that, the Wings play at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Lidstrom suffered a swollen ankle when he was hit by a puck last Saturday. He hasn’t skated since, as he’s had discomfort each time he’s tried to put on his skate boot.
Brendan Smith will remain in Detroit while Lidstrom recovers.
The Wings’ blue line should get one boost for the Minnesota game, as defenseman Kyle Quincey, who missed Tuesday’s game with a sore groin, skated today and felt good. “We’ll see what the trainers say,” he said. “They have the final decision. But it felt good today, so yeah, I’m optimistic. That was a tough practice, and I felt good.”
Here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan’s report...
Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will be out a little longer than the team anticipated, after further tests today revealed a bad bone bruise in his ankle.
“Doctors said he’s out for the weekend,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday.’‘
Lidstrom sat out Tuesday’s 5-2 win in Columbus after getting injured during the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Colorado. He has not skated since then, as he’s had difficulty putting on his skate. He will miss home games against Minnesota on Friday and Chicago on Sunday.
Holland said Kyle Quincey’s availability for Friday will be determined after the morning skate. Quincey, who missed Tuesday’s game with a sore groin, said he felt good after skating today. In the meantime, Brendan Smith and Doug Janik will remain with the team.
And here’s the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness’s report:
Nicklas Lidstrom will be out at least the next two games — Friday (Minnesota) and Sunday (Chicago) — with a bad bone bruise on his ankle according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.
“Doctors say he’s out for the weekend and he’ll be re-evaluated on Monday,” Holland said.
Lidstrom took a puck off his ankle on Saturday and it swelled up. X-rays showed no break.
“The puck came hard around and kind of skipped and hit me right in the ankle,” Lidstrom said earlier this week. “I hope the swelling goes down so I can put my skate on, that’s been the problem getting the skate on and tying my skate.”
The injury occurred in the second period and didn’t allow him to untie his skates in the locker room before the third.
“I know that I couldn’t do it because it would have swollen up right away,” Lidstrom said. “So I kept it on and waited until after the game and then it got real sore.”
Update #2: From the Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa:
The Red Wings will be without Nicklas Lidstrom through at least the weekend, with word from medical staff that he has a bruised bone in his ankle.
“We’ll re-evaluate him Monday,” said Ken Holland, the Wings’ executive vice-president and general manager. “The doctor thinks a few days rest and he should be better. We’ve taken some pictures. It doesn’t really show much. It’s swollen.”
No break was detected, Holland said. As to whether Lidstrom’s absence might extend beyond the games Friday against the Wild, and Sunday against the Blackhawks, to Tuesday against the Flyers, Holland said the Wings must wait and see.
“He’s out for the weekend for sure, and then it’s day-to-day. Obviously, it is a bruise, and sometimes you get these deep bone brines and, you know, who knows? But right now we think a few days will do it.”
The Red Wings also practiced Thursday without Pavel Datsuyk and Jonathan Ericsson, as they continued to recuperate from injuries. But Kyle Quincey said he went at full pace, felt good and may return to the lineup Friday against the Wild.
“It’s going to be up to them,” Quincey said of the medical, training and coaching staffs of the Wings. “I think I can go. I feel good.”
Ericsson said he will resume skating Friday. Ericsson is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with a fractured wrist, which the Red Wings describe as a chipped bone. He wore a wrap and a brace Thursday, at times, as he walked around the dressing room, working out.
Datsyuk also worked in the exercise and weight room, and took treatment on the training table. He remains a week or two from returning to the lineup, according to the Red Wings’ original timeline for Datsyuk’s recovery from arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone fragment from his knee.
Update #3: Here’s a bit more from DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:
The Wings’ captain, who has rarely missed games or practices throughout his 20 NHL seasons, won’t be available for home games against Minnesota on Friday and Chicago on Sunday. He sat out Tuesday’s 5-2 win at Columbus and was replaced in the lineup by veteran Doug Janik, who was called-up from Grand Rapids earlier that day.
Lidstrom was sidelined just one other time this season, missing the Jan. 25 game at Montreal when he came down with the flu. If Lidstrom is sidelined for the next two games, he will have missed 38 out of a possible 1,850 regular-season and Stanley Cup playoff games during his illustrious career.
With three defensemen nursing injuries, the Wings did receive some good news Thursday morning when Kyle Quincey was back at practice for the first time since he injured a groin during the first period of Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Jonathan Ericsson also suffered a fractured left wrist last Saturday when he was hit by a high-rising clearing attempt by Brad Stuart.
In Thursday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena, the Wings’ defensive corps paired Niklas Kronwall with Stuart, Janik with Ian White, and rookie Brendan Smith with Jakub Kindl.
But whether Quincey will play against the Wild will likely be a determined by the team’s medical staff after the morning skate or he could be a game-time decision.
“I felt good today so if it keeps getting better I’m optimistic I can play Friday,” Quincey said. “Today was a good day. If everything progresses I’ll be in.”
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