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Homer leaves practice early

Tuesday, 10.4.2011 / 2:37 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com / The Wheel Deal
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Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom left practice early Tuesday with a sore knee. When asked if he’ll be ready to play in Friday’s opener, the 38-year-old veteran said, “That's the goal. Hopefully, I'll practice tomorrow.”

Coach Mike Babcock ordered the Swedish forward off of the ice before practice even began.

"It was pretty obvious that he was in pain," Babcock said. Still, the Wings' coach is confident that he'll have Holmstrom back in time for the opener against the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena.

As for other injuries, it looks as if defenseman Mike Commodore (MCL) will likely be the only guy not ready to return to action this weekend. Not only is he expected to miss Friday's opener, he'll also likely sit out Saturday's game at Colorado. The absense of Commodore means that Jakub Kindl will start the season as the sixth defenseman and will be paired with Jonathan Ericsson.

Center Pavel Datsyuk (sore back), forwards Henrik Zetterberg (upper body), Danny Cleary (upper body) and Patrick Eaves (foot) should all be ready to go against the Senators. Eaves and Commodore did not practice Tuesday.

Yet Babcock was satisfied to see everyone else back on the ice Tuesday morning.

“It’s amazing when you get rid of exhibition now who gets healthy fast,” Babcock said. “It’s like the Fountain of Youth.”

Here are the line combinations and defensive pairings as they skated today at JLA:

OFFENSIVE LINES
Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen
Danny Cleary - Pavel Datsyuk - Jiri Hudler
Justin Abdelkader - Darren Helm - Todd Bertuzzi
Fabian Brunnstrom - Cory Emmerton - Drew Miller
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson - Jakub Kindl
GOALIES
Jimmy Howard - Ty Conklin

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80