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by George Malik on 03/20/11 at 04:39 PM ET
Not good news: MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that the Red Wings’ medical staff has chosen to keep Pavel Datsyuk (“lower-body”), Johan Franzen (he apparently has a groin injury) and Jiri Hudler (flu) out of the Wings’ lineup for Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, meaning that the Wings will dress 11 forwards and 7 defensemen once again:
“We’re anticipating Hudler, Franzen and Datsyuk all out tomorrow,’’ [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland said. “They’re all day to day. We’ll see as we go.’‘
Defenseman Ruslan Salei will return to the lineup after being away for a week to be with his wife, who had their third child.
The Red Wings will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. They have no other alternative. They can’t recall a player from the Grand Rapids Griffins because they don’t have the salary cap space, Holland said.
There are only two ways they would recall a player: If Chris Osgood were healthy and could dress, it would enable them to send Joey MacDonald down and use his cap space. Of they could put someone on long-term injured reserve.
I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised to see the Wings experiment with Jakub Kindl as a forward from time to time…And Khan also posted an article regarding the Wings’ takes on the head-shot debate this morning, too.
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