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Per Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, the Red Wings are going to sit Henrik Zetterberg against Florida as his "upper-body injury" is acting up, and with Franzen returning, the team's going to hold Zetterberg out for precautionary reasons.
So much for scratching Cleary.
As Paul noted, the Red Wings made one expected move on Sunday, assigning Mikael Samuelsson to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and they made one surprising move as coach Mike Babcock chose to scratch both Todd Bertuzzi
and Daniel Cleary (edit: It turns out that Cleary will play with Henrik Zetterberg sidelined) today against Florida (5 PM EST, FSD Plus).
Going forward, especially given Ken Holland's statement to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness yesterday...
“I told Mike (Babcock) ‘dress the 12 forwards you think gives us the best chance to beat Florida,’” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “That means if one of the kids isn’t in the lineup he’ll be sent to Grand Rapids instead of Samuelsson. I don’t want the kids here if they’re not in the lineup.”
And Babcock's take on the statuses of Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening yesterday...
Wonder who will sit or be sent to Grand Rapids before Tuesday's game, of course as long as there are no injuries tonight.
Ken Holland told the beat writers Samuelsson cleared waivers and has been assigned to Grand Rapids, plus Johan Franzen has been activated.
Now the question is will Samuelsson report? If he wants to get paid, he will.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“I haven’t had any issues, so hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and it’s the same way,” Franzen said. “I hope to play.”
Franzen skated on a line with Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson during practice.
The fact he’s missed 16 games because of the concussion baffles Franzen, who didn’t think this would be a long-term problem.
“I thought it would be a five-day kind of thing,” Franzen said. “It wasn’t much of a hit, and usually it takes that long before you get rid of the headaches and everything’s working properly.
“But it just hung in there, and it wouldn’t go away. I’ll cross my fingers and hopefully it’ll stay away.”
more including Datsyuk hoping to play next week...
Updates to this post as needed.
added 12:25pm, More from Khan...
Could Franzen be ready? He's skating in place of Cleary on a line with Helm and Alfredsson.
Fourth line still has Glendening with Miller and Eaves. Andersson and Cleary are alternating in.
added 12:35pm, Khan again say Datsyuk not participating in all the drills plus this...
Looks like players just alternating on top 2 lines: Nyquist, Abdelkader, Sheahan, Tatar, Jurco, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Datsyuk.
added 12:52pm, Khan one more time,
Franzen said he's felt good for three days in a row. Hopes to play tomorrow but will be a game time decision.
"The first few times I got called up, I wasn't really taking advantage of the opportunity and now I feel a lot more comfortable and confident."
"I think I've just been going out every day and trying to work my hardest. My spot here isn't solidified. I think I'm going to have to spend more time in Grand Rapids but I'm trying to make the most of my opportunity here. (Coach Mike Babcock) always says take your piece of the cake so I think that's what I'm trying to do.
"I'm just trying to make plays and use my size to my advantage and things like that. It's nice he feels confident putting our line out there and I think we're performing pretty well. With the injuries, they know they need some help and I think the guys in Grand Rapids have been doing a good job with that."
That's Riley Sheahan after last night's game. More from Brendan Savage of Mlive.
There's been a significant amount of chatter--well, let's be honest, there's been a significant amount of passionate and sometimes downright viciously vindictive debate--about what the Red Wings need to do roster-wise when Andersson, Datsyuk, Franzen and Howard return to the lineup.
Wings fans haven't been talking very much about the team's effort not just since the Winter Classic, but especially during and after the team's clutch and more than slightly lucky win over a very physical and very nasty Los Angeles Kings team this past weekend.
While the Wings most definitely laid an egg and a half against the Blues, and they needed an eight-round shootout to dispatch the Blackhawks, following all of that up with a gigantic 4-1 win kicking off four games of an Atlantic Division rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens seemed to hammer home a point: regardless of the names on the backs of the jerseys, this Red Wings team is starting to play like itself again.
Shocking news regarding what was most certainly the biggest hockey game ever held, from Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika:
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