Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Wings likely short-handed vs. Canucks
ESPN.com news services
The short-handed Detroit Red Wings likely will be without Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi and Jiri Hudler in Wednesday night's battle against the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks, coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday.
"I don't think we'll have Franzen, Datsyuk, Hudler or Bertuzzi available for tomorrow," Babcock told reporters, according to the Detroit Free Press. "[Defenseman Ruslan] Salei is back. [Goalie Chris] Osgood is a question still."
Datsyuk and Franzen did not practice Tuesday, according to the Free Press. Datsyuk has not played since March 17 and is listed as day to day with a lower-body injury. Franzen has also missed the last two games with a groin injury.
Bertuzzi played in Monday night's 5-4 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and was the first shooter in the shootout.
"He's had aches and pains for a while and just can't go," Babcock said, denying that Bertuzzi was hurt in the shootout. He also referred to Bertuzzi's ailment as an upper-body injury.
The 38-year-old Osgood has been out of action since Jan. 4 after having hernia surgery. He also missed all of November because of the injury.