Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cleary likely to play game 1; Leino called up

Update from Wednesday's practice: Dan Cleary didn't skate but he said he is confident he will play in Game 1 against Columbus Thursday. Cleary sustained what he called a lower-body injury in Tuesday's practice on a hit from Niklas Kronwall. Cleary had tests done, which he said "showed something,'' but it was nothing significant.

Coach Mike Babcock also confirmed that Cleary will play.

Just in case, the Wings recalled Ville Leino from Grand Rapids and he skated Wednesday on a line with Valtteri Filppula nd Jiri Hudler. Leino will only play Thursday if Cleary can't go.

Good to see Leino called up. Hopefully he'll get a chance to play this playoffs. His speed would be good for the team and the playoffs.

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