Monday, October 03, 2005


Injuries to key players like Yzerman, Kronwall has made the coach Babcock unsure about his lineup. The Detroit Red Wings will likely play much of the season without rookie defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who was injured by a hit late in the first period of Tuesday's game in Denver. Damage caused to his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments has made his injury so wrenching that Kronwall wasn't even in the original lineup. He was filling in for Jamie Rivers, who was idled by a groin injury. The Red Wings had their complete Sunday off with no practice, no games, and no scrimmages. After playing nine games in 14 nights, the Wings were apparently lackluster. Even Babcok’s strategy to put his reguar lineup on the ice for the back-to-back weekend series against Toronto went in vain due to the Wings' rash of injuries. Another key player Steve Yzerman is sidelined with a groin injury.

Now the conclusion of the narration is that the Red Wings will have count on their younger players or veterans to fill in the gaps to substitute their injured players due to the NHL's collective bargaining agreement which limits them to a salary cap of $39 million.


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