DETROIT — Nicklas Lidstrom wasn’t ready to answer announce his plans for next season.
“I want to continue to play in this playoff and keep going with this team,” Lidstrom said. “I’m going to wait until this season is over and then make a decision on what I want to do.”
Lidstrom, 41, is a finalist for the Norris Trophy for the 11th time in the past 13 seasons.
He has won the award six times, placed second three times and third once.
“I’m so focused on playing, that’s something I’m going to start thinking about when we’re done playing,” Lidstrom said.
Lidstrom ranked second among NHL defensemen in scoring with 62 points this season and was one of just two Wings to play all 82 regular season games.
“I’m kind of in the same boat as I was last year,” Lidstrom said about when he’ll make his decision. “I think, looking at the lineup and depth and core group of guys, I have no doubt they’re going to be a successful team.”
On Wednesday, Lidstrom tallied his 29th career power-play goal in the playoffs. That moved him past Denis Potvin into sole possession of the NHL’s career list for a defenseman.
It tied Lidstrom with Mario Lemieux for fifth place overall on the all-time playoff list for power-play goals.