From the Detroit Free Press…
The Wings should, for the first time since the third game of the season, be entirely healthy, though Dan Cleary left practice early after taking a puck to his right foot. Cleary said he didn’t think it was serious. Trainer Piet Van Zant expects Cleary to play tonight. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were not at practice because both had been given permission by Holland to meet the team in Denver on Sunday, as were the Olympians still active over the weekend. And tonight marks the return of Andreas Lilja after spending a year recovering from a concussion.
Let me correct the Free Press by saying that Detroit has NEVER been fully healthy this year…not once. And that doesn’t even include the Andreas Lilja saga. Remember when The Namesake hurt his shoulder in training camp? Remember that? He didn’t play in Sweden, nor did he play in the home opener against Chicago. Therefore, before Helm could return, Franzen went down and thus, tonight’s game could be won’t be the very first time all year that we have a completely healthy roster, because I, like the Free Press, forgot about Kirk Maltby already, poor Kirk. And it’s time to start winning…
“Now everyone looks like they are back healthy. So now there is not much more speaking to do — we just have to get out there and get winning.”–Nik Kronwall
Via Herm’s twitter: Wings in March since the lockout: 36-10-9 (73.6% of points). I’ll take it.
I don’t know if the little Brazillian can back that up, but I trust him.