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Shoulder sidelines Wings' Kronwall

Thursday, 01.31.2008 / 3:51 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Shoulder sidelines Wings\' Kronwall
Kronwall favors his shoulder after taking a hit in the third period Wednesday. Kronwall, who missed four games earlier this season with a groin injury, will likely be out for at least a week.
DETROIT – A day after getting checked awkwardly into the boards, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was feeling pretty lucky.

It was learned Thursday that Kronwall would likely miss up to 10 days with a strained clavicle. Kronwall, who missed four games earlier this season with a groin injury, knows that he dodged a greater injury on Wednesday.

“There’s no separation. Nothing is broken. It’s good news,” said Kronwall, who drove himself to a Detroit hospital for a CT scan and X-rays following Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena.
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If the prognosis is accurate, Kronwall could return in time for the Feb. 9 game at Toronto.

In his second full season with the Red Wings, the injury bug has victimized Kronwall before, and certainly more than he or the organization would like. A year ago, he missed the final four regular-season games and the playoffs with a fractured sacrum. A torn anterior cruciate ligament sidelined Kronwall for 52 games in 2005-06.

So when the third-period hit resulted in a numbing feeling in Kronwall’s left shoulder, he instantly paused for concern.

“I think you’re always worried when you feel something that’s not right,” he said. “My left arm got a little numb for a second, but everything came back pretty quick.

“I got a cross-ice pass from (Tomas Holmstrom) and the puck bounced up ... I put myself in a bad spot. I don’t think (the Phoenix player) came in with a lot of speed. I just came into the boards in a bad way. It was no dirty play; I just came into the boards in an awkward position.”

Kronwall has been a mainstay on the Red Wings’ blueline this season, usually paired with veteran Andreas Lilja. Already, Kronwall has set career-highs in goals (five) and points (25). He’s one assist shy of matching his career-best in assists, which he reached last season when he chipped in with 21 helpers.

With defenseman Brett Lebda (sore wrist) set to return to the lineup Friday against Colorado, coach Mike Babcock said it’s not necessary for the team to call-up a defenseman from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

“We don’t have to now,” Babcock said. “I think we have good depth. I think one of our strengths is our number of people and when people get injured we seem to fill in and keep going. We have seven quality D-men on the back end and with two kids in the minors.”

WINGS NOTES: Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom had a goal and two assists in Wednesday’s win over Phoenix. It was the 44th career game in which the five-time Norris Trophy winner has collected three-or-more points.

The Red Wings have a 41-2-1 record in games that Lidstrom has scored at least three points, including a current streak of 32 consecutive wins.


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  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