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Red Wings unsure of Valtteri Filppula’s status after suffering skate blade cut

To employ a technical term, Valtteri Filppula appeared to suffer an innocuous injury to the back of his left leg when felled by an inadvertent slew-foot by Colorado Avalanche forward David Jones during the Wings’ 4-2 loss to the Avs on Sunday, but skate blade cuts have a way of turning nasty, which is why Wings coach Mike Babcock was worried about Filppula, as he told DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:

Valtteri Filppula, who is off to the best start of his NHL career with 21 points and a plus-9 rating, was cut on the leg above the skate boot. The seriousness of the injury was not immediately known though coach Mike Babcock indicated that the Wings’ forward had been taken to a Denver hospital.

“Fil got a cut on his leg above his skate,” Babcock said. “We sent him to have it looked at. We don’t know if it’s serious or not serious.”

Filppula was injured late in the first period when he got tangled along the boards with Avalanche forward David Jones. Without Filppula in the game, the Wings lost the momentum that they turned into a 1-0 lead. Colorado went on to out-shoot the Wings, 28-18, in the final two periods.

The Wings could only sing Filppula’s praises while hoping for the best…

“Fil’s been playing real well for us, eating a lot of minutes, PK and power play,” said center Henrik Zetterberg, Filppula’s linemate.
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“Fil’s played probably as well as anybody has played,” forward Danny Cleary said. “He’s been fantastic for us. He got cut there. I think it was more precaution than anything. It was a big loss, the whole line combinations were all jumbled.”

And as both Roose and MLive’s Ansar Khan suggest, Filppula’s absence screwed up the Wings’ continuity of personnel up front:

“Fil’s been playing real well for us, eating a lot of minutes, (penalty kill) and power play,” linemate Henrik Zetterberg said. “Especially here, it’s tough when you lose a guy. You really need to roll four lines and get everyone playing. But still, I think we had enough chances to win this game.”

Filppula was riding a five-game scoring streak (five goals, two assists). He is third on the team with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists).

Here’s hoping that he only needed a few stitches to sew up a “nick” instead of a gouge serious muscle/ligament tear.

Also: the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings stayed in Denver, so they didn’t leave Filppula behind. Red Bird III’s parked at Denver International Airport and will remain there until sometime on Monday morning.

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Nathan's avatar

Yeah this is the biggest thing from the game. They played sloppy, but in today’s game it is hard to win 7 in a row like that without getting a bit lucky (like the Sabres game where they were sloppy but won), and hard to sustain an type of point streak over 10 games.

What’s more important is that Fil is okay, and if he will miss time, hopefully he won’t miss more than a week. Additionally, it is more important that they come out on Tuesday and play good hockey after a couple of lackadaisical efforts and get back on track in the sense of their attention to detail. If they do that, the wins will pile up again.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 12/05/11 at 12:15 PM ET

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Additionally, it is more important that they come out on Tuesday and play good hockey after a couple of lackadaisical efforts and get back on track in the sense of their attention to detail. If they do that, the wins will pile up again.

Yeah, a nice win streak is good, but it will be nice to see if they can lose one game and not follow that up with any kind of streak.

Posted by Garth on 12/05/11 at 01:49 PM ET

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So now that one of the hottest players on the roster is hurt…and given what little he contributes offensively when coming back from injuries in the past…there goes his ‘career year’ and there goes what little offense Z has provided.

Monday morning blues? You bet. Now where’s those damned TPS reports?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 12/05/11 at 02:04 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

You didn’t get the memo?


I was worried about fil coming back the old fil but I think he’s turned a corner this year and hell come back even more productive.

Wings got sloppy but conklin was horrible early on.. it was like the worse the wings played the better conklin got but that goal hhe got caught standing up he had given up on well before it went in.. I was infuriated..

Ah well.. you win some you lose some

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 12/05/11 at 02:28 PM ET

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What? The 19 of us not go schizo on one loss? You’re nuts.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 12/05/11 at 03:48 PM ET

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