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Bertuzzi sidelined by dizziness, sinus infection

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 3:32 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

DETROIT -- Todd Bertuzzi will likely miss the next two games this weekend for the Detroit Red Wings with lingering dizziness and a sinus infection that have kept him out of two games and away from Joe Louis Arena for almost a week.

Bertuzzi was back in the building for Thursday's practice, but only lasted for about half of it before coming off the ice early. He said the problem started after getting hit in the face with a stick on Oct. 29 at Minnesota.

He played the next two games, both Red Wings' losses against the Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames, before leaving the lineup because of the illness.

"It just kept getting worse and worse and I felt light-headed and dizzy and just didn't feel like myself," said Bertuzzi, who has 1 goal and 2 assists in 11 games. "Then I got a sinus infection and went and got my ears checked and had a little swelling in there. Now, (I'm) just on some pills trying to get the swelling down."

Detroit plays host to the Western Conference's top two teams -- the red-hot Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars -- in a rare home back-to-back occurrence on the schedule. Asked if he might be able to play in either game, Bertuzzi pretty much ruled it out.

"No, not the way I felt today … no," he said. "I don't know. (It's) day by day. In three or four days, hopefully the medication should kick in and (I'll) hopefully get my balance and stuff back."

At least his sense of humor is still intact. Asked if he'd lost any weight during his bout with the sinus infection, Bertuzzi hunched his shoulders.

"I don't know … if I say, 'Yeah,' then it looks bad on my wife for not cooking right," he said, smiling.

Taking Bertuzzi's place on the roster the past two games has been 26-year old Fabian Brunnstrom, who's played right wing on the fourth line while Tomas Holmstrom moved back into the top six forward to replace Bertuzzi.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery