Ins and outs

DETROIT — There were no updates on injures to Danny Cleary (knee), Pavel Datsyuk (wrist), Jimmy Howard (finger), Brad Stuart (flu).

Cleary has been playing with a sore knee that may require a cortisone shot to fix that would sideline him for a week.

“I’m hoping that eventually it will get better,” Cleary said. “It just hasn’t gotten any better.”

Datsyuk took just one faceoff in Monday’s 3-1 loss to Phoenix.

“It’s nothing major, we just decided that for the next few games he won’t take any faceoffs,” Babcock said.

Howard was expected to have his broken finger looked at when the Wings returned home but did not on Tuesday.

Wings coach Mike Babcock would not commit to a starting goalie for Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers. Joey MacDonald started Monday after coming on in relief of Ty Conklin on Saturday in Edmonton.

“After two periods we had given up 14 shots and I thought Mac gave us a chance, yet we didn’t score enough goals for him,” Babcock said after the game.

Also, Wings defenseman Brad Stuart missed Monday’s game with the flu. It was the first game he has missed all season.


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