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Lilja making the most of it

Thursday, 10.1.2009 / 4:13 PM ET / News
By Dan Rosen  - NHL.com Senior Writer
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Lilja making the most of it
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Being here just to watch isn't easy for Andreas Lilja, but Detroit's other Swedish defenseman has remained in good spirits despite knowing he might be missing his one and only opportunity to play an NHL game in his home country.
 
Lilja is practicing with the Red Wings, but he has not been cleared to play due to post-concussion symptoms stemming from a hit delivered on him by Nashville's Shea Weber back in February. He hasn't played since.
 
"Of course it bothers me, not only not to play here but to not play at all right now," Lilja told NHL.com. "Every year you get ready for a big season, so of course now it's frustrating. It feels weird not to be able to play."
 
Lilja thought by now he would surely be back in the lineup, but the headaches haven't subsided totally yet and the doctors are fearful of what another blow could do should he return to the lineup too soon.
 
"It's like I'm on hold," he said, still sweating from a morning workout this week. "I don't know what to say. It's been frustrating since February. You figure you get a concussion and you're out 10-14 days, but I'm still there so you just have to wait it out."
 
The entire process has given Lilja time to appreciate what he does for a living.
 
"Sometimes you maybe feel it's a little bit boring with practices and stuff, but I'd give everything to be back playing," he said. "I think you learn to appreciate your position in life and the different things that can happen to you when you play. I think it's awakened me a little bit."
 
Even though he won't be in the lineup Friday or Saturday, Lilja said interest back home is still strong. He has 19 people coming to Friday's game and another 14 heading here for Saturday's game.
 
It's not like it's an easy trip either.
 
Lilja's hometown of Helsingborg is on the southwestern tip of Sweden, near Denmark. He said it's nearly a six hour drive from Stockholm.
 
"It's fun for them even if I'm not playing," Lilja said. "They love this team and my parents, especially my dad, he knows almost all the players. It's fun for them to come watch."



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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
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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

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59