Daniel Alfredsson didn’t suit up for the Detroit Red Wings when they took on the Washington Capitals last night, and the forward will be a game-time decision tonight when the Wings play against the New York Islanders. The 40-year-old pulled himself out of the lineup against the Capitals at the last minute with a groin strain, and that same ailment could keep him on the shelf against the Isles.
NHL.com had the details this afternoon:
Forward Daniel Alfredsson is likely to be a game-time decision; he was a late scratch Friday after injuring his groin during warmups, leaving the Red Wings one skater short. He told the media after the morning skate that he won’t know whether he’ll be able to play until shortly before game time.
Despite his age and apparent wear and tear, Alfredsson has been a boon for the Red Wings since signing as a free agent this summer.
He bolted from the Ottawa Senators over a pretty intense monetary dispute, and has settled in nicely for Detroit. Despite the fact that the team has had an awful time getting the potential second line of Johan Franzen, Stephen Weiss and Alfredsson healthy, there hasn’t been a better performer out of all the players that the Wings brought in this summer than the former Senator.
Strained groins can be tricky injuries. While the Wings would love to have Alfredsson back sooner rather than later, they aren’t going to rush him and risk further damge. Luke Glendening has been recalled (again) in case the veteran can’t go against New York.