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Daniel Alfredsson injury update: Detroit Red Wings forward was last-minute scratch tonight

Daniel Alfredsson was a last-minute scratch tonight as the Detroit Red Wings geared up to take on the Washington Capitals. Heading into the contest he wasn’t considered a game-time decision, and head coach Mike Babcock had already re-inserted Dan Cleary into the lineup while scratching Tomas Tatar. It appears that Tatar was given the green light to play though, as Alfredsson decided not to dress at the last moment.

Helene St. James is spot on with her questioning here. Groin pulls rarely only leave a player on the shelf for one or two games, especially when the player is over 40-years-old.

This is just more of the same for the Red Wings though, who have had constant injuries throughout the lineup all season. The projected second line has been an issue in particular, with Stephen Weiss, Johan Franzen and Alfredsson  all missing time due to injuries. When all three players have been on the ice together, inconsistencies from Franzen and Weiss has slowed the trio down, and they haven’t given Detroit quite the jump that they were hoping for when they pieced this team together over the summer.

The Wings haven’t given a timetable for his return yet, but they did mention when he injured himself.

Not an easy patch for Detroit at all right now, especially without Alfredsson. He’s been alarmingly decent since signing on as a free agent this season, and the team is likely hoping to have him back sooner rather than later.

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