The Red Wings recalled forward Tomas Tatar from the Grand Rapids Griffins for precautionary reasons. Holland said another player, whom he would not identify, has a minor injury and might not be able to play tonight at Nashville (8 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit).
If that player can't play, Tatar will be in the lineup. If that player can play, Tatar will rejoin the Griffins in Cleveland.
"We got a player (other than Conner) that just got hurt the other day,'' Holland said. "We think he can play (tonight). If he can't play, we got to have a player here (as insurance). That player felt better yesterday, we'll see how he feels at the skate (today)."
It could be that they're giving everyone a look to see who would be ready for a call-up should the need arise due to injury. Or, looking further down the line, who would be the ideal candidates to bring up for the playoffs.
Would much rather have Tatar get a shot than Emmerton. Emmerton has already proven he's just sort of a filler. Tatar has a spot in the Top 6 waiting for him in future years, we need to get him ready soon as possible.