The rash of injuries to the Detroit Red Wings continues, as Jimmy Howard left last night’s game after the first period with an undisclosed (of course it was) lower body injury that was revealed to not be his finger that kept him out 8 games earlier in the season. Adding insult to (wait for it) injury was Jakub Kindl, who also left the game early with an undisclosed upper body injury. It was later revealed that he was sore prior to the game and Mike Babcock admitted he shouldn’t have been allowed to play. Todd Bertuzzi, who was a game-time decision with a sore groin did play and seemed to do more harm than good as he’s officially been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against Philadelphia.
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Jimmy Howard, Jakub Kindl, and Todd Bertuzzi will not play tomorrow — joining Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), and Patrick Eaves (concussion) on the sidelines.
Joining Brendan Smith, who has been recalled for a pair of games already, from Grand Rapids are Doug Janik, Chris Conner, and Jordan Pearce.
Cleary — Zetterberg — Franzen
Filppula — Abdelkader — Hudler
Miller — Helm — Conner
Mursak — Emmerton — Holmstrom
Stuart — White
Quincey — Kronwall
Smith — Janik
(lines are not combinations, simply a listing of players available for tomorrow’s game in Philadelphia)
Of the 24 players who began the season on the roster (including Jan Mursak who was on LTIR), the Red Wings are without ten of them. In addition to the seven listed as injured, Ty Conklin and Fabian Brunnstrom have been demoted and are playing in Grand Rapids; and Mike Commodore has been traded to Tampa Bay. The Wings are down to 58% of their opening day roster.