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No sign of Lidstrom return in near future

by Staff
Don't look for captain Nicklas Lidstrom in the Detroit Red Wings' lineup any time soon.

Lidstrom will sit out his eighth straight game when the Wings visit Anaheim on Wednesday due to an injured right ankle. He cut short a brief morning skate at Honda Center, and there's no indication as to when he might be ready to return.

"It is discouraging and it's disappointing too that you're feeling better and it's getting up to over two weeks now," Lidstrom, who was injured in a game against Colorado on Feb. 25, told the Red Wings' website. "So it's frustrating when you want to be out there playing and you can't."

Wednesday's game will be just the 43rd of his career – regular-season and playoffs – that the legendary defenseman will miss in his 20 NHL seasons. Lidstrom admitted that he and team trainers have discussed shutting him down for a week to rest the still-swollen ankle.

"We've talked about it and I'm sure (the trainers) will talk more to the coaching staff and we'll see what the next step will be," he said. "But it's still day-to-day. It was more sore today -- that's the update, so I don't think it's good when you're sore. They want me to be more cautious with it."

Lidstrom had two separate X-rays taken of the ankle shortly after he was struck by a shot -- but in both cases, the results were negative and did not show any structural damage.

Asked if the unexpected recovery time has given way to thoughts of retirement after this season, Lidstrom told the Wings' site that: "It hasn't really come into my thought process at all. It's just one of those freak accidents that I've never really experienced in the past, so I think that's the frustrating part."
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