DETROIT — The Wings have put Nicklas Lidstrom on the shelf … at least until Monday.
Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that Lidstrom, who has been out with a deep bone bruise in his right ankle, won’t play in the team’s last game of its three-game West Coast trip and he won’t try and skate until at least Monday at Joe Louis Arena.
“We’re giving him a few days off to see how it responds,” Holland said in a phone interview Thursday. “Let’s re-evaluate him on Monday.”
Holland said trainer Piet Van Zant told Lidstrom to ‘shut it down’ until the Wings returned home Monday allowing him four days to do more healing.”
“Frustrated and discouraged would be the words to use (how he feels),” Holland said. “The doctors really felt a couple of weeks was going to be sufficient enough to get him up and running. But he’s not ready. There’s no time frame.”
Saturday will mark three weeks since Lidstrom suffered the injury.
“He’s better, but not to the point he needs to be to practice full out,” Holland said.
Lidstrom, who isn’t scheduled to have further tests, tried taking part in the morning skate Wednesday in Anaheim, but lasted just a few minutes before leaving in discomfort.
“It’s not healing as fast as he thought,” Holland said.
He has missed the last eight games. Prior to this injury, Lidstrom had never sat out more than six games in a row, missing that length of time in 2008 with a knee injury.
n Add Joey MacDonald to the list of walking wounded. MacDonald, who started in the Wings’ loss in Anaheim, is experiencing back spasms. Jordan Pearce was recalled from Grand Rapids and will dress as Jimmy Howard’s backup Saturday.
“It looks like it’s day-to-day,” Holland said. “Hopefully he’ll get better by Monday.”
n Pavel Datsyuk appears to be getting closer to returning. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Feb. 21.
“He’ll tell us when he trusts it,” Holland said. “He’s practiced hard this week. It’s a matter of him trusting it, feeling comfortable with it and feeling comfortable with his condition. Now it’s a matter of Pav telling us when he’s ready to play.”
n Jakub Kindl (strained oblique muscle) won’t play Saturday in San Jose.
“It hurts when he skates,” Kindl said. “It’s a nagging, 2-3-week injury. We’re hoping he’s getting closer here.”
n Jonathan Ericsson (fractured wrist) could be close to returning as well.
“He’s healing a little faster than expected,” Holland said. “The thinking now is that it’s going to be another couple of weeks and in late March, hopefully he’ll be playing.”