Red Wings Notebook: Feb. 28, 2008

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IFebruary 28, 2008

Update (5:27 PM): ... Ansar Khan has more on Dan Cleary here.

... Khan also says defenseman Brad Stuart will be on the first power play unit tomorrow and with Andreas Lilja on the penalty kill.

... Unsurprisingly, Chris Chelios was favoring his right leg in practice today, though he soldiered through it. Head coach Mike Babcock told Khan he's not sure if Chelios will be ready to go Sunday in Buffalo. My guess is no.

... Babcock's also not sure about Brian Rafalski's status for Sunday. - Matt

... Bruce MacLeod reports that Brad Stuart was at practice today and led the stretching "to hoots and hollers from his new teammates."

Stuart did drills with Niklas Kronwall, who will return tomorrow night, according to MacLeod's other update.

During the extended special teams portion of the practice, MacLeod says Stuart got reps on the penalty kill side.

According to an email I got from the NHL Store today, Stuarts new number is 23. I know some people who aren't going to be happy about that.

... According to MacLeod, Brian Rafalski (groin) stayed as long as the stretches, but left once the team started drills. Obviously he's still in full-on recovery mode.

... MacLeod also reports that Chris Chelios (bone chip, right leg) took part in practice. That's a little surprising given the fact that he was described yesterday as barely being able to walk. Apparently, even Babcock was surprised.

... Nick Lidstrom (knee sprain) was not there today. Reports earlier this week suggested he could be ready to skate by later this week. Looks like that means Friday or Saturday. He did work out in the weight room, however.

... MacLeod says Kyle Quincey was sent back to Grand Rapids today.

... The pairings from practice, as provided by MacLeod:

Quincey-Chelios (practice only)

... MacLeod says Dan Cleary (broken jaw) made an appearance at the rink for the first time since taking a Mikael Samuelsson shot off the face.

Cleary is looking to make it back for the last three games of the season. Before then, he'll have to regain the 15 pounds he's lost due to only being able to eat pasta and soups.

He's targeting Sunday or Monday as the day to start skating again.

... Dominik Hasek will start against the Sharks.

(via Bruce MacLeod's update #1 and update #2)