Detroit Red Wings Update: February 4, 2008

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IFebruary 4, 2008

Bruce MacLeod reports that Niklas Kronwall skated today with the team for the first time since his injury on Wednesday.

As good as that news is, it was countered by some bad news: new MRI results have indicated that Kronwall will be out longer than the 10 days originally reported.

No specifics were provided, though Kronwall used the words, "a little bit longer than 10 days." That could mean anything from two to three weeks.

Any setbacks in the recovery process would likely force Ken Holland to make a move for a defenseman, as the trade deadline is fast approaching.

Ryan Doherty says Kronwall wanted to be back by Saturday's game in Toronto, but that is obviously not likely due to this latest development.  Nik will make the trip to Minnesota with the team, however, so that he can continue on-ice rehab.

In another post, MacLeod shows that Mike Babcock has mixed up the lines a little since the Boston game, promoting Valtteri Filppula back to the second line:

Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Hudler-Filppula-Cleary
Kopecky-Franzen-Samuelsson
Drake-Draper-Maltby

That third line has some good size to it, and Cleary's wrecking ball style should give Hudler and Filppula plenty of room.

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