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Lidstrom’s ankle injury “lingering longer” than expected

Mar 2, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom is worried about a bruised ankle that’s keeping him out of the lineup longer than expected, reports Brian Hedger of

“I was hoping it was going to be a couple of days and I’d miss one game,” said Lidstrom. “But this is lingering longer than I was hoping for.”

When asked if he was concerned, Detroit’s top defenseman said, “A little bit, especially when it’s been almost a week now and it’s still sore.”

Lidstrom was hit by a slapshot Saturday against Colorado and was forced to miss Tuesday’s game in Columbus. He’ll also sit tonight versus Minnesota and Sunday against Chicago.

After that, who knows?

Hedger reports that two x-rays have been taken and neither revealed a broken bone.

  1. Exiled1 - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    He’s not exactly a sping chicken.
    This dude came to North America on a viking longboat.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM


    • izlez - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      It’s a bruise, it has absolutely nothing to do with age

  2. polegojim - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Even if age slows the recovery down a bit… the guy has been a machine.

    Rest up Nick, no hurry. Need you 100% in the playoffs.

  3. bensawesomeness - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    if he misses 4 games that’ll be 10% ( roughly ) of his total games missed in his19 year career. I think we’ll be ok – rest up Nick

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