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Wings d-man White hopes to be back by Tuesday

Feb 1, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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Red Wings defenseman Ian White is targeting a Tuesday return to action after missing the last three games with a left leg laceration that required surgery.

White, 28, skated with the Wings this morning; Detroit hosts St. Louis tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

“I was actually hoping to play today because I was skating for a few days now, felt fine,” White said, per MLive.com. “But then the doctor explained if you fall and that leg jack-knifes it’ll blow everything up in there.

“I’m aiming for Tuesday, we’ll see. It gets a little bit better every day and hopefully I’ll be back then.”

The Wings are in Columbus Saturday before flying home to play Calgary on Tuesday.

Detroit is 2-0-1 in the three games it’s played without White, but his injury — along with the absence of defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo — has further stretched a blue line that’s already been forced to deal with the departures of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart.

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