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Next up on “NHL 36″: Nicklas Lidstrom

Jan 16, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go through a day as a legendary NHL star, you’ll get to find out next week.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom will be the latest player to be featured in the NHL’s documentary series, “NHL 36.” Lidstrom is a future Hall Of Famer in his own right and we’ll get to follow him through his game day preparations before the Wings’ games this week against the Sabres and Stars as the cameras roll on him for 36 hours.

The 41-year-old Lidstrom is the third player to get the “NHL 36″ treatment following Patrick Kane and Patrice Bergeron. You couldn’t possibly get a wider cross-section of personalities than with these three players and seeing how a guy at Lidstrom’s age and talent level prepares for games should be fascinating. There aren’t exactly a lot of guys at that age still playing at a high level the way Lidstrom does (Teemu Selanne excepted of course).

Lidstrom’s “NHL 36″ episode will debut on NBCSN on January 25 at 6:30 p.m. ET to be followed by NHL Live at 7:00 and then Lidstrom’s Red Wings taking on the Canadiens in Montreal at 7:30, the final game before the All-Star Break.

  1. cmutimmah - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Must see TV for Wings fans. This guy spent his whole career in Detroit, and can be argued as the best two way defender ever. Any argument against that is ignorance. From a longevity standpoint, the ability to stay healthy, the ability to play through pain (see his scrotal injury a couple of years ago…), and of course his first ballot HOF offensive numbers, you’d be hard pressed to find a player that matches up to him on all fronts. It’s Lidstrom and Bourque on the top tier, then everyone else.

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