Injury woes have opened the door for players like Jan Mursak to get some playing time.
The Wings arrived home from Denver at 5:00 A.M. on Tuesday morning, as is travel in the National Hockey League.
That led to two well-earned days after playing three games in four nights. And the club’s practice on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena could only be described as positive and spirited.
While the team continues to pile up injuries, the latest of which being a sports hernia suffered by goaltender Chris Osgood, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Wings, with the exception of All-Star Nicklas Lidstrom, finish the month of January by playing just one game in 10 days. Which means the reinforcements should be arriving sooner rather than later.
Surely, fans are disappointed that Henrik Zetterberg (by request) was left off of the All-Star roster. Currently, Zetterberg is riding an 11 game point streak and is sixth in the league in scoring. And the Wings probably lost a pair of All-Star selections when Pavel Datsyuk went down with a broken hand and Dan Cleary took a slap shot to the ankle.
Still, most would take a healthy roster come April in May. Having a team filled with All-Stars is one thing, winning a Stanley Cup is another.
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