From Khan(!)at mLive…
Defensive Pairings are the usual mystery:
Jimmy Howard (starting)
Kris Newbury will remain in the lineup only if The Namesake is not ready to go…
“I felt a lot better than I did on Monday. There’s no point in pushing it and making it worse. Another day of rest and not using it, hopefully build it up and ready to go tomorrow. I’ll probably get on the ice and see how it feels tomorrow. If it feels good I’ll play, if not then get some more rest.”–Darren Helm
News on the walking wounded:
Center Valtteri Filppula skated with the team for the first time since his injury but did not participate in the drills. He practiced his shot for the first time and said he felt good and is hoping to return shortly after Christmas.
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (sprained MCL) and forward Johan Franzen (torn ACL) skated briefly after practice, the first time either has been on the ice since their injuries. Kronwall is due back sooner — early to mid-January — than Franzen, who still isn’t expected back until after the Olympic break.
Excellent news to hear the three of them are all skating. Franzen has been working his tail off. I hope that’s for his return to the Winged Wheel and not the blue and yellow of Sweden.
Come to think of it…has Franzen officially been ruled out for playing in Vancouver?