Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Red Wings' Black & Blueline

Already on a six-game losing streak, without one of their top goalies and their second best defenseman, the Red Wings were not necessarily odds on favourite to be winners in Colorado on Monday night. Yet somehow, the offense still decided to kick it into gear and the goaltending from Chris Osgood (Dale C.) was tremendous, so the Wings ended up winning decisively, 4-0. But wait, there's more!

In a scoreless game, the Wings lost their best player, Nicklas Lidstrom (Benson), to an apparent knee injury after being run into the boards by Avs forward, Ian Laperriere (non-pool). Lidstrom hobbled off the ice, with what looked to be more of a concussion, but the team still says he suffered a knee injury.

The five-time Norris Trophy winner will have his knee re-examined today to see whether or not there is more substantial damage to the joint, instead of the sprain that has initially been diagnosed. Until later this afternoon, Lidstrom should be considered to be out on a day-to-day basis.

This comes at a tough time for the Red Wings, as they are trying to hold on to their Western Conference lead in the Standings, all without other key defensemen, like Brian Rafalski (Stuart) and Niklas Kronwall (Dennis). Rafalski is currently sitting out with a groin injury and Kronwall is recovering from a shoulder injury. Neither are expected to be back in the immediate future, but I'm sure if Lidstrom's injury is substantial, then they could be rushed back sooner, rather than later.

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