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No Filppula for Wings

Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 3:19 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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No Filppula for Wings
ST. LOUIS -- After suffering a cut on his shin due to a skate blade in Sunday's loss at Colorado, the Wings will be without winger Valtteri Filppula tonight against the Blues.


Filppula, who has 8 goals and 13 assists in 25 games this season, tried to give it a go by adjusting his skate to alleviate any pressure on the cut, but still couldn't make a go of it.

"It's as good as it can be, but I just can't push it," Filppula, who is listed as day-to-day, said after the morning skate. "I'm hoping it gets better soon. I can't say when it's going to be good enough, but probably every day, I'm going to give it a try.

"It was pretty painful. I could cruise around a little bit, but then when I had to try skating faster, I couldn't really do it."

The Wings will use Cory Emmerton tonight, and depending on coach Mike Babcock's thinking, could play him at fourth-line center or use him at wing on the third line and play Justin Abdelkader as a fourth-line center.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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