MONTREAL -- Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom was scratched from Wednesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens with a case of the flu, thus ending a remarkable streak of 213 consecutive games played, the longest on the team.
Lidstrom last missed a game when he sat out the finale of the 2008-09 season against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 12, 2009 to rest a sore elbow before the playoffs. Earlier that season, Lidstrom was forced to sit out a game Jan. 27, 2009 because he skipped the All-Star weekend in Montreal.
Lidstrom, who will turn 42 on April 28, has not only played every game for the Red Wings this season, he leads the team with 23:43 of ice time per game.
In his absence the Red Wings dressed both Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore on defense.