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No Lidstrom tonight for Red Wings

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 12:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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No Lidstrom tonight for Red Wings
A swollen ankle will keep Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom sidelined Tuesday when the club skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Lidstrom apparently was injured after being hit by the puck during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, the Red Wings have re-called defenseman Doug Janik from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids. Janik will make his season debut against Columbus on Tuesday.

Lidstrom told the media Monday that X-rays taken after Saturday's game and again Monday showed no fractures, and he is day-to-day. The team also is without defenseman Kyle Quincey, who is day-to-day with a groin injury. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Brendan Smith.

Lidstrom, who will miss only his second game of the season, is hoping to return to the lineup Friday against the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena.

He also sat out a 7-2 loss at Montreal on Jan. 25.
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