Detroit – Injuries, the Red Wings and the NHL.
Like some other teams around the league two weeks before the start of the regular season, the Wings' list of banged-up players got longer today with word that Teemu Pulkkinen, who scored twice against the Penguins Thursday, is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Pulkkinen found ample open ice against a Penguins lineup that included many players who will not make the NHL roster this season, but he also sustained a tough body check late in the game.
Mike Green, the big acquisition on defense as a free agent this summer, is also day-to-day, reportedly with a sore groin.
Good news on the injury front is that Johan Franzen said he made it through his first game in nine months with no concerns about his head, after another in a series of concussions left him out of the lineup since January.
The 35-year-old Franzen said that his legs felt good during the game, and Coach Jeff Blashill continued to complement the big forward on his conditioning.
"I didn't think about my head, at all, and all of that," an upbeat Franzen said. "It was a good test for my physique and legs and all of that.
"So, it was good to have that first game. It was fun to be back playing, and I probably felt a little bit better than I thought I was going to feel."
Pavel Datsyuk was working hard on weights and with a soccer ball and other equipment in the concourse between to two locker rooms. Despite the surgery to repair ruptured tendons in an ankle, through which he played for a chunk of the late season earlier this year, Datsyuk looked aggressive at his work.
While listening to some Russian music, he was asked about his summer. Grimacing, he shrugged and gave the thumb-down gesture.
"Not so good," he said. "Too much of walking like this." And then he imitated himself on crutches, which he clearly is no longer using.
Ken Holland said before the game Thursday that Datsyuk will begin skating in two weeks.
Also, promising young defenseman Xavier Ouellet worked out today, with his upper body injury still healing.
Blashill said that Franzen will play against the Bruins Saturday.
Daniel Cleary also will play, the coach said.