Detroit Red Wings: 3/4 Injuries Update

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IMarch 4, 2008

Update (5:40 PM): Bruce MacLeod has more now that practice is over.

It looks like Lidstrom could be back as soon as Sunday against Nashville.

Chris Chelios is feeling better and could be returning soon as well.

Brian Rafalski will play tomorrow barring a setback at the morning skate.

Now for the surprise: Jonathan Ericsson will play tomorrow, even if Rafalski does, Babcock told MacLeod. No word on who will sit in Ericsson's place, but my guess is Brett Lebda. He could use a kick in the pants and I wouldn't be surprised if Babcock gives him one here. I don't see Andreas Lilja getting scratched because he looked strong Sunday in Buffalo, in my opinion.

Lastly, Dominik Hasek will start tomorrow night against the Blues. It'll be his third consecutive start. - Matt

Bruce MacLeod has posted a practice update, noting that Nick Lidstrom (sprained knee) skated for the first time since sustaining his injury.

Lidstrom and Chris Chelios participated in non-contact drills and then left the ice.  As MacLeod points out, it's good news that they're skating even if they can't yet participate in a whole practice.

With today marking his first time back on the ice, Lidstrom is a little behind schedule—reports early last week predicted he'd be skating by the weekend.

However, there's no indication that he won't be back in a week or so.  That's a little over the original estimate, but pretty good considering what his recovery time might have been.

Also, Brian Rafalski (groin) is still scheduled to return tomorrow and participated in practice.  In case he has a setback, though, the team has kept Jonathan Ericsson in town.

Lastly, Dan Cleary (broken jaw) skated again, with a full mask protecting his face.  In other news, he and the Wings have agreed on contract length: five years.  Still no agreement as to amount.