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On the Injury Front

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings hope to receive some good news on the injury front this week, when they get updates on forwards Jan Mursak and Chris Conner.

Mursak will have his left ankle seen by the team’s medical staff Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena, and if he's cleared, the rookie will go to Grand Rapids for a five-game rehabilitation assignment with the Griffins, who play Wednesday at Lake Erie.

“We're expecting and hoping the doctor will clear Mursak and we expect him to go to Grand Rapids,” general manager Ken Holland said. “If we stay healthy, we'll keep him there for two weeks. If we have injuries, then we're re-assess.”

Prior to the start of the season, it was expected that Mursak would compete for a forward spot on either the third or four lines. But that was before he suffered a fractured ankle in a preseason game in late September.

Meanwhile, Conner was making the most of his call up in early December after forward Patrick Eaves sustained a broken jaw against Nashville. Conner had three points in six games before he fractured a bone in his left hand at Pittsburgh.

Conner, who has practiced while wearing a hard cast on the hand, will see a specialist on Wednesday; however, he might still be a week away from receiving clearance to return.

As for Eaves, who had his jaws surgically wired shut, no timeframe has been set as to when he can resume skating or when he'll be available to return to the lineup.

“He just hasn't been able to do anything,” Holland said. “He's not even working out. There's been no conversations of him even coming back to practice. He hasn't felt good enough to really train. He's a ways away.”

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