Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wings injury update

Update from Tuesday's practice: Wings center Kris Draper won't play in the first two games against Columbus due to the upper-body injury that sidelined him for the last two games of the season. His availability beyond that has yet to be determined.

Draper, who still was able to practice, was reluctant to talk about the injury, since it's playoff time. But he said it happened against Buffalo on April 6. He still was able to play the next game against Nashville, though.

"It's not easy to handle, but so I just got to deal with this for Games 1 and 2 and we'll go from there,'' Draper said.

Also, forward Dan Cleary left practice early after getting checked along the boards by Niklas Kronwall. Cleary went for tests, but general manager Ken Holland said he was told the injury is not significant.''

Marian Hossa (groin) practiced and is ready to play in Game 1.


Not being able to have Draper back until possibly game 3 isn't good. He is a key player we need in the playoffs, not only for his experience but for his faceoff skills. I hope he gets better soon.

From the sounds of it, Cleary's injury isn't that bad. I think a day off from practice on Wednesday will help. Kronwall should know that he doesn't need to practice his hitting skills (haha!).

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