DETROIT – Nicklas Lidstrom was given the day off on Thursday after the Red Wings learned that the team’s captain suffered a broken nose in Wednesday’s preseason opener at Joe Louis Arena.
“He got a broken nose, but everything is fine,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He got hit in the head with a puck, so he wasn’t feeling fine and he didn’t even come to the rink. He’ll be back tomorrow and be rolling in no time.”
It’s expected that the six-time Norris Trophy winner will miss at least the next three exhibition games, beginning with tonight’s contest against the Boston Bruins in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lidstrom will also miss home games on Friday against the Bruins and Sunday against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Lidstrom was helped off the ice early in the third period after a Montreal shot from the point ricocheted off a Canadiens’ stick shaft and into Lidstrom’s face. He was helped from the ice by forward Tomas Holmstrom and team trainer Piet Van Zant. Lidstrom was taken to Detroit Medical Center where he had x-rays, and stitches to close a large cut.
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