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Lidstrom discouraged by lack of progress

Mar 14, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

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Nicklas Lidstrom will miss his eighth consecutive contest on Wednesday and it sounds like this won’t be his last game on the sidelines. He took a puck to his ankle on Feb. 25 and hasn’t played since. The good news is that there’s no fracture, but the area is still swollen more than two weeks later. He tried skating on Wednesday, but Lidstrom said that ended after “just a few minutes” because it the area was “more sore.”

The Detroit Red Wings have started to consider shutting Lidstrom down for a bit.

“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “I’m sure they’ll talk more to the coaching staff and see what the next step will be, but it’s still day-to-day. It’s discouraging that I haven’t started feeling better, as it’s going on two weeks now.”

Detroit has grown accustomed to having Lidstrom in the lineup. Since he broke into the league in 1991-92, the Red Wings have almost never been forced to play without him. Maybe that’s part of the reason why Detroit is just 3-4-0 since he got injured, although to be fair, he’s not the only star player to spend time in Detroit’s sickbay recently.

Either way, the Red Wings will have to get use to playing without Lidstrom eventually. His longevity has been remarkable and he might even decide to play beyond this season. However, he’ll be 42 in April, so it’s fair to say that Lidstrom’s going to hang up his skates sooner rather than later.

  1. joethorntonisclutch - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Retirement looms for Mr. Lidstrom…

    • hockinj25 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM


      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        What’s he want to break Chelios’ record for not knowing it’s time to go.

      • hockinj25 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

        he’s one of the best in the league still. no need to retire yet.

      • joethorntonisclutch - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM


  2. jimeejohnson - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Time heals all wounds. He’s still one of the best if not the best and I’m not a Red Wings fan. Lucky for him that puck didn’t break his ankle or he’d be done.

  3. blomfeld - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    “Det kommer att bli okej kompis” …

    In the spirit of “magnanimity” which all Kings fans possess, I’m inclined to refrain from piling on this defeated foe (ie: LA 5 vs Wings 2). At any rate, his “delusion and upset” is quite understandable after the thrashing which he and his team suffered last night at the hands of our glorious LA Kings ! So leave this poor Swede be and allow him to mend his hurts. Beside, it’s his compatriots “the Sisters” who we’re gunning for !

    ps: a conciliatory token for Lidstrom …

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