Posts Tagged ‘Kronwall’

More Red Wings Injury Updates

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The biggest news is that Johan Franzen is definitely going to be in the lineup for tomorrow night’s game. Woo hoo! He’s been out for most of the season with a torn ACL and he’s been sorely missed. Hopefully, his presence will provide some much needed offense.

In other good news, Drew Miller, who hurt his ankle blocking a shot, is expected to play tomorrow. His injury must not have been too severe.

The bad news is that Kronwall won’t play, but only because he’s waiting for a new knee brace. I guess that means that once he gets the brace he’ll be ready to go. All things considered that news could have been a lot worse.

In other bad news, Holmstrom might play but they won’t decide for sure in until tomorrow, and Patrick Eaves most likely will not play because of a sprained ankle.

Red Wings Injury Updates

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Here’s some great news for Red Wings fans. After battling concussion symptoms for nearly a year, Andreas Lilja has returned to active duty. He’s starting in Grand Rapids for about three games and then he should be ready to re-join the Wings. Now Ken Holland has unenviable task of figuring out how to clear cap space for him which will be all the more difficult with Franzen also returning soon. They will most likely have to shed a few players.

Franzen is set to return Tuesday. That’s really good news for the injury riddled Red Wings. Hopefully, he can re-gain his scoring touch quickly and help the team secure a playoff berth.

Kronwall’s knee injury doesn’t appear to be too serious. He’s expected to be a game time decision for Saturday afternoon’s game in Los Angeles.

So it looks like things are finally starting to turn around for the Red Wings health-wise. Let’s hope they stay healthy for the rest of the season.

Detroit at Anaheim (2/3/10)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Red Wings continued their west coast road trip tonight with a game in Anaheim. Jonas Hiller was the goalie for the Ducks and Jimmy Howard was in for the Wings. Ericsson was back in the lineup tonight after being told to sit out last night due to poor performance. This was the second night of back to back games. The Red Wings played very well last night in San Jose and got a big win and an important two points.

There was some bad news from the San Jose game however. Kronwall was out of the lineup tonight. It seems last night’s tweak reinjured his knee injury. There was no word as to how long he’d be out this time.

Anaheim scored just passed the one minute mark of the game. Whitney fired the puck from the blue line and it hit a skate on the way and changed direction. It was a fluky goal but it put the Ducks up one to nothing early in the game.

Later Ericsson threw a big check on Bodie and then they had a fight. I think Ericsson was on a mission to show that he really does want to be in the lineup. It wasn’t much of a fight but it’s the thought that counts, right?

Nearing the end of the first period Eminger shot the puck from the point. It hit Chipchura in the hand and went into the net. Howard immediately claimed that it was batted in and the officials discussed it. They went to video review for the ruling. It clearly went off his hand but you couldn’t really tell if it was batted or not. Therefore the call on the ice was upheld and the Ducks had the two to nothing lead. It was another fluky goal that Howard had no chance of stopping.

About halfway through the second period Perry had the puck down low and centered it to Ryan who whiffed on the shot. The puck went through to Getzlaf who sent it back to Ryan. He was still being left alone in front of the net. He shot again and didn’t whiff this time. He put the puck in the back of the net. Datsyuk was the closest player but Ryan managed to get a few feet of separation on him. It wasn’t that much but it was enough. The Red Wings were down three to nothing.

Near the end of the second period Koivu was called for hooking and the Wings went on the power play. Rafalski found a seam and hit Datsyuk in the high slot. Datsyuk took it to the net and fired one that beat Hiller up high to get the Red Wings on the board. The goal came with just 10 seconds left in the period. It was then three to one Ducks.

Near the end of the game Howard went to the bench for the extra skater. The Red Wings had a few top quality chances but they weren’t able to beat Hiller who was just amazing.

One good thing to take away from this game is that the Red Wings had a ton of shots on goal; 46 of them in fact. They just didn’t seem to have the legs to keep up defensively. Offensively, they looked great though. If not for those two fluky goals this game might have been completely different. Jimmy Howard was superb once again, and the Red Wings had 29 quality scoring chances. On paper they should have won. Hiller was just too good.

This 1-3 loss brings us to:
27-20-10
64 points

Laraque Suspended For Five Games

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The NHL suspended Georges Laraque for five games today for the intentional knee on knee hit to Kronwall. That’s nothing compared to the amount of time that Kronwall is going to miss but it’s about as much as they could reasonably give him. Kronwall will miss four to eight weeks with a sprained MCL. Let’s hope Laraque learns from this experience and starts to play with a little more honor.

Kronwall Out Four Weeks / Laraque A Gutless Coward

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

The update on Kronwall is not great, but not as bad as it could have been. He has a sprained MCL but he has no ACL damage so that’s relatively good news. He’s expected to miss at least four weeks.

Georges Laraque intentionally stuck his leg out to hit Kronwall knee on knee in last night’s game against the Canadiens. Of course he denies it and uses the fact that they only called tripping to back up his story.

The league is reviewing the play and will determine if a suspension will be handed down. In a case like this, when there’s obvious intent to injure, I would be very much in favor the league suspending the player for however long the injured player is out. Laraque shouldn’t play until Kronwall does. Of course we’ll be lucky if he’s suspended for a game or two.

That was just a purely gutless move on Laraque’s part. He went out there on that shift with one goal. He wanted to even up the Canadiens’ chances by taking out some Red Wings players. The Kronwall hit happened right after Laraque had just high sticked Helm in mouth. It was the very same shift! There’s no place in hockey for that kind of dishonorable play. I’m disappointed and he should be ashamed. There’s no reason he couldn’t have gone out on that shift and cleanly hit Helm and Kronwall. That would have had a big positive impact on his team. He wouldn’t have cost his team six minutes of penalty time and two goals and it would have been awesome instead of spineless.