Red Wings Injury Update

**Also up at Winging It In Motown

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While San Jose and Anaheim continue to grind it out against each other, the Red Wings have gained some much needed time to rest up and get ready for the second round. However, there are still many lingering injury questions for the Wings, so here’s your up-to-the-minute update on the health of Hockeytown’s finest:

  • If you watched Game 4 on FS Detroit on Thursday, you might have been surprised to hear Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond explore the idea that Wings netminder Chris Osgood could potentially be suffering from a leg/groin injury. That would help explain the five goals Osgood gave up in Game 4, but at this point, any injury talk is all speculation.
  • Marian Hossa made it through the first round without re-aggravating the groin injury that nagged him throughout the end of the regular season, logging four points (2 G, 2 A) and a +2 rating along the way.
  • Dan Cleary, an early question mark for this series with a lower body injury, showed up in a big way, contributing five points (2 G, 3 A) and a team best +6 rating.
  • It’s still a waiting game when it comes to the status of Kris Draper. The forward has missed the last six games, regular season and playoffs, with an upper-body injury. The official word is that his status will be re-evaluated and updated next week. However, I’ve talked with sources close to the situation, and it appears as if Draper is ready to play and is just waiting to be cleared by the team. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him suit up during the second round.
  • Finally, even though Mike Babcock hasn’t come out and said it, it’s probably time to come to terms with the fact that Andreas Lilja won’t be returning any time this year. The defenseman is still struggling to recover from the effects of his concussion, and it doesn’t sound like his progress is going the way he or the team would like it to. Even if Lilja is finally able to get over the headaches, don’t expect to see him on the ice anytime this postseason, as he hasn’t been able to practice since the concussion and will definitely require some time to get back in shape.
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