"I always tell the guys, once the playoffs start I'm the team doctor. Until then we've got people who make those professional decisions." -- Mike Babcock
Babcock informed reporters following Tuesday's practice at Joe Louis Arena that Detroit will likely play the Western Conference leading Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday without forwards Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Johan Franzen (groin), Jiri Hudler (shoulder) and Todd Bertuzzi (back/upper body soreness).
Bertuzzi, who's played in 155 straight games since coming to Detroit, is the most recent addition to the Red Wings' walking wounded list -- after playing in Monday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins while the other three were scratched.