.... Ansar Khan reports that Robert Lang was hurt during the early stages of practice today and is questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Oilers. It's another mysterious but non-serious "upper body" injury and is a new thing, not a reaggravation of a lingering problem. He's gone in for tests as a precaution.
.... Khan goes on to say that Henrik Zetterberg did not practice today. He skated for 15 minutes, though, and confirmed how he was injured. Apparently, Holmstrom was right, it was a puck.
.... Khan also mentions that Mathieu Schneider may not play until Saturday, perhaps even later than that. Apparently, he's had something of a setback in recovery from his groin injury. This contradicts the report by Ted Kulfan
in today's Detroit News, which said, "Schneider should return sometime this week."
Because of cap restraints, the Wings are only able to call up one player from Grand Rapids (Valtteri Filppula) and if both Hank and Lang cannot play tomorrow night, they'll only be able to suit a maximum of 17 skaters. (via. mLive
.... Wings fans who have expressed a wish that the Predators would fall to 8th place in the West because of their sudden loss of goalie
Tomas Vokoun will be disappointed. The worst they can finish is 7th and since the Wings will finish #1 in the West no matter what (thanks to San Jose's win over Dallas last night), they cannot face Nashville in the first round.
.... The Freep
posted an interesting fact today. With another win, Chris Osgood will have his 20th, making it the third time in Red Wings history a goalie tandem has had at least 20 wins each. The two previous instances also included Osgood:
Osgood won 25 games and Legace 24 for the Wings back in 2000-2001
Osgood won 39 games while Mike Vernon won 21 for the Wings in 1995-96
The feat has been accomplished 37 times before and has already been done by two tandems this season (Ryan Miller and Martin Biron of the Buffalo Sabres and former Wing Dominik Hasek and Ray Emery of the Ottawa Senators).