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Knee injury sidelines Homer; Draper getting close

Wednesday, 12.12.2007 / 2:15 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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Knee injury sidelines Homer; Draper getting close
DETROIT – The injury bug has taken another bite out of the Red Wings this season.
The latest victim is left wing Tomas Holmstrom, who didn’t skate in the team’s practice Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Holmstrom will likely miss Thursday’s home game against the Edmonton Oilers. The Wings have called up veteran center Mark Hartigan from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

For Hartigan, this is the second time this season that he has been called up to fill a void on the Wings’ roster caused by an injury. He played against Tampa Bay on Nov. 29 when Kris Draper (knee) and Kirk Maltby (lower back) suffered injuries two days earlier in the Wings’ 5-3 win over Calgary.

In 26 games this season in Grand Rapids, Hartigan leads the Griffins with 12 goals.
Hartigan, 30, has played in 80 career NHL games, having played in Atlanta, Columbus and Anaheim before signing as a free agent with Detroit in July.

Holmstrom’s absence from the team’s top scoring line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk will be felt. Homer has 14 goals and 14 assists in 30 games, and plays a vital offensive role screening opposing goalies in front of the crease.

As a potential solution, coach Mike Babcock paired right wing Mikael Samuelsson with Zetterberg and Datsyuk during Wednesday’s practice. But Babcock isn’t certain that Samuelsson will be a part of the Wings’ top offensive line by the time Thursday’s game rolls around.

“I have about seven or eight different thoughts,” Babcock said. “I had a day off yesterday; lots of opportunity to think about what I was going to do, and I came up with this one for practice today. So, we’ll see.”

Holmstrom, who has missed only six games over the previous two seasons, doesn’t remember when the injury occurred.

“It was at the end of the second period against Carolina and it was sore,” he said. “I didn’t think too much about it; maybe I got hit or something.”

Still, despite the pain, he managed to log over 16-minutes of ice time in the Wings’ 2-1 win the next night in Nashville.

“I rested it yesterday and rested it today, and probably not (play) tomorrow, either,” Holmstrom said. “We’ll see. It’s still swollen and a bit sore. (It hurts) when I twist a little bit. So I’ll stay away from working out for these two days and we’ll go from there.”

In other news, Draper participated in his first full practice on Wednesday since suffering a sprained knee on Nov. 27. 

“I was able to stay out there for the whole practice,” Draper said. “Hopefully, we’ve turned the corner here and we can get more and more involved in practice every day.”



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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