Detroit Red Wings Notebook: April 1

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IApril 1, 2008

Update (2:12 PM): Ansar Khan also has more, but about the only new piece of injury-related information is that Holmstrom said he expects to play Thursday night.

Khan also astutely suggests that Babcock may break up the Eurotwins on the road, but keep them together at home, when he has the last change. - Matt

Update (2:05 PM): George Sipple has some more on Draper's injury, with quotes from Mike Babcock. Apparently, it is a recurrence of the groin issue that kept him out earlier this month, though it does not sound that serious. The team is just being cautious. - Matt

... Bruce MacLeod has some bad news: Kris Draper skipped out on nearly the entire practice today due to tightness in his groin. He definitely will not play tomorrow or Thursday, and probably won't return for the home game Sunday. MacLeod says he likely won't be back until the playoffs begin on the 10th.

As MacLeod points out, Draper only recently returned from a groin injury that sidelined him for five games. Here's hoping this goes away with some rest.

... It looks like Tomas Holmstrom (abdomen) won't return tomorrow after all. The team is looking at a possible Thursday return date for #96, who has missed 11 games. Just as long as he's good and ready. There's no rush.

... Mikael Samuelsson (groin) did not skate and does not appear to be close to returning.

... In an earlier post, MacLeod reported that Brad Stuart (broken finger) took part in practice, but did not participate in 5-on-5 drills.

... MacLeod also provided the practice lines and pairings:

Filppula-Datsyuk-Cleary
Hudler-Zetterberg-Franzen
Kopecky-Hartigan-Maltby
Downey-Drake-McCarty

Lidstrom-Rafalski
Kronwall-Chelios
Lebda-Lilja

It's interesting to see the Eurotwins split up again. Obviously, that's preparation for the playoffs, when keeping them together (and matched up against the opposition's shutdown players) would be less productive than splitting them up.

Also, with Draper's injury, it looks like we won't get a reprieve from Hartigan any time soon.

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