Red Wings battle injury bug as trip to Philly looms

The injury bug has bitten the Red Wings as they prepare for Tuesday night's battle with Philadelphia. 

A slew of regulars - Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary, Jacob Kindl and Jimmy Howard -  did not skate with the team during this afternoon's practice.  Datysuk did skate by himself before practice without his teammates on the ice as he continues to recover from a minor arthroscopic knee surgery. 

Howard was lifted from Sunday's loss against Chicago after one period, replaced by Joey MacDonald, who once again will get the start in net against the Flyers.   Howard spoke with the media after practice and confirmed he suffered a lower body injury which was tested by ultrasound today.  He underwent treatment with the Red Wings training staff and will not make the trip to Philadelphia.  

Howard deemed his injury day-to-day and hopes to return to the ice for Friday's game against Los Angeles at Joe Louis Arena. 

Lidstrom, who suffered a deep bone bruise on his ankle, had hoped to return to practice today, but was unable to do so.  He also will not play Tuesday night.  Defenseman Doug Janik, forward Chris Connor and goaltender Jordan Pearce were all recalled from Grand Rapids and will be with the Red Wings in Philadelphia. 

Bertuzzi is nursing a sore groin.  He tried to play through the pain Sunday, but Babcock indicated he will not be ready for Tuesday's game.  Cleary is expected to play.

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