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Brunner to miss first game due to injury

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

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GOALS: 11 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 22

SOG: 100 | +/-: -7
GLENDALE, Ariz. Damien Brunner, who scored his first goal in 16 games on Monday, will miss his first NHL game due to an injury when he sits out Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena.

Brunner, who has 11 goals and 11 assists this season, has an undisclosed lower body injury that first started bothering him a couple of weeks ago. He did not practice with the Red Wings Wednesday in Detroit, and he tried to participate in today’s morning skate, but only lasted about 15 minutes before he headed back to the locker room.

“I tried,” Brunner said. “I thought it's going to be better, but obviously it felt not that good. I hope it's going to be better tomorrow.”

Immediately after tonight’s game, the Red Wings will fly to Denver where they will face the Colorado Avalanche for the second time in five days.

The Wings will again be without veteran forward Mikael Samulesson, who suffered a new injury in Sunday’s 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena. The new injury is to the upper body, but Samuelsson was hesitant to say exactly. He missed 12 games early in the season after re-aggravating a groin injury that he suffered during the team’s mini-training camp in mid-January. He then sat-out 19 games after sustaining a non-dislocated fracture of the left index finger.

“I'm falling apart,” said Samuelsson, half joking. “Not lucky at all. I bruised my pec (pectoral) muscle. (Michal) Roszival got stuck in the boards with his stick so I went to hit it, or poke-check it. Since he got stuck, it pulled me back.”

Like Brunner, Samuelsson too, believes that he is day to day.

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