Detriot Red Wings: Nicklas Lidstrom out Three Weeks with Sprained MCL

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2008

Update (2:35 PM): Ansar Khan has more here. - Matt

Bruce MacLeod reports that Nick Lidstrom will miss the next three weeks as a result of Ian Laperriere's hit Monday night.

He has a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee and because the team is sure to take every precaution, you can bet that three weeks is more of a minimum. The earliest we can expect to see him back is March 13 against Dallas.

The good news is that it does not look like he as a concussion, though he still has to undergo more tests.

I'm quite thankful it didn't turn out to be a season-ending injury or something, but this sucks. A lot can happen over three weeks.

The Red Wings have not had to go that long without No. 5 since he entered the League and it happens this season, of all seasons? This will be a heavy test of the team's leadership capabilities, to be sure.

The adversity did not stop with the skid-ending 4-0 win over Colorado Monday night.  It just started.