Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Kyle Quincey both won’t play tonight against the Columbus Blue Jacket.
The Wings recalled Doug Janik from Grand Rapids to replace Lidstrom in the lineup. On Monday, Brendan Smith was recalled also.
Lidstrom took a puck off his ankle on Saturday and it swelled up. X-rays showed no break.
“The puck came hard around and kind of skipped and hit me right in the ankle,” Lidstrom said Monday. “I hope the swelling goes down so I can put my skate on, that’s been the problem getting the skate on and tying my skate, so we have to wait and see how it is in the morning.”
The injury occurred in the second period and didn’t allow him to untie his skates in the locker room before the third.
This is only the second game Lidstrom has missed this season. He missed the Wings’ last game before the All-Star break on Jan. 25 with the flu and watched as they got destroyed by Montreal 7-2.
Quincey tweaked his groin in the first period Saturday against his former team.
“I actually played with a broken skate blade on my left skate, I was almost skating on one leg, which didn’t help the groin any,” Quincey said Monday. “Then it gradually got worse. I felt pretty good in the third.”
At the morning skate in Columbus, Wings coach Mike Babcock had Niklas Kronwall paired with Smith, Ian White with Janik and Jakub Kindl going with Brad Stuart.
Joey MacDonald, who is 6-1-1 this season, will also start against the Blue Jackets.
MacDonald, who has backed up Jimmy Howard the last three games, takes a six-game winning streak of his own into the contest. He has a 1.66 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
MacDonald is 4-1-1 lifetime against Columbus and has recorded his only shutout as a member of the Wings against the Blue Jackets last season.
Janik, 31, has appeared in each of Grand Rapids’ 53 games this season, ranking second among the team’s defensemen with 25 points (7-18—25) and leading the Griffins with a plus-16 rating that places fourth among all AHL blueliners.