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Panic time in Detroit? Nicklas Lidstrom out tonight with ankle injury

Feb 28, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

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As if things weren’t already tricky for the Detroit Red Wings being without Jonathan Ericsson for up to a month, tonight they’ll also be without their captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

Lidstrom did not participate in today’s morning skate and he’ll be out of action against the Blue Jackets tonight with an ankle injury as Ansar Khan of Mlive.com reports. Lidstrom hurt his ankle Saturday night after getting hit by a puck. The last time Lidstrom missed a game was just before the All-Star break when the Red Wings were thrashed by the Canadiens in Montreal 7-2.

Detroit recalled Doug Janik from the AHL to take Lidstrom’s spot. Janik joins Brendan Smith in tonight’s lineup as Smith suits up in place of Kyle Quincey who is out with an groin injury. The Red Wings will roll with Smith, Janik, Jakub Kindl, Brad Stuart, Ian White, and Niklas Kronwall along the blue line.

Maybe the Wings would like a do-over on sending Mike Commodore to Tampa Bay after all.

  1. howardforvezina - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    At least its the blue jackets. Quincey should be out until friday and Lidstrom should only miss one game. So it would be stupid to panic.

  2. cmutimmah - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Commodore MIGHT have played over Janik, but Janik proved last year he can at least be steady back there. It’ll be fine against one of the worst teams in the league.

    I think our defense has gotten a lot better with the addition of Quincey, even with Ericsson out. Time to see what brendan smith can do in the bigs and what Kindl can do with bigger minutes…

    Look for Kronwall to really step up his game tonight.

  3. hockinj25 - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    This reminds me of a couple of years ago when half the team got injured and they went on a pretty bad streak. Hopefully nobody else gets injured and we can keep it together.

  4. bensawesomeness - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    I’m really interested in seeing how the next wave of defencemen look for us – especially Smith. Plus, it’s the blue jackets, even if we lose, not a huge deal

  5. polegojim - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Good time to rest up and heal Nick and Dats.

    They’ll need some young defensemen for the playoffs anyway…and they need the ice time now to contribute then.

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