Homer back tonight, Kronwall maybe for Saturday and if not sat. no Olympics.
Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom iffy for Thursday, worried about Olympics
By HELENE ST. JAMES
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER
Forward Tomas Holmstrom left Detroit Red Wings practice early today and is questionable to play Thursday, when the Wings host the San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is definitely out, coach Mike Babcock said.
Holmstrom has been bothered by a bruised left knee suffered Saturday at Los Angeles and missed Tuesday’s 4-3 shoot-out loss at St. Louis.
“I felt pretty good to start with,” Holmstrom said. “But then I got a pain in my knee, and when I started doing drills and going hard, I got really sore and was in pain. But there is big difference from yesterday to today. And I still was out there for 40 minutes (in practice), but I didn’t go that hard. I hope I play tomorrow, but we need to see if the sharp pain is going away."
Ideal situation: Belarus and Czech Republic go all the way, the big teams go out early and come back for a nice long rest (including Babcock) and push for the playoffs. Sorry Sweden, USA, Russia, Canada, but I have no personal interest in who wins so I care more about my NHL team. Thanks!
edit: Or even Babcock wins the Olympics with Canada so he is happy, the other teams go out early and all the other franchises who have Canadian stars are hit with tired/injured players when they come back. WIN!
I'm always torn on the pro athletes in the Olympics debate. I guess I want the players to participate, but only if they don't play for my home team. The most blatant case to highlight was Yzerman in 2002. He clearly should not have been in Salt Lake, skating on one leg. It all worked out in the end in that particular case, but I can fully understand why there is no commitment to take a break and allow the players to go to Sochi in 2014. It is a gray area.
I sincerely hope that Kronwall, Franzen and Homer all end up taking the break off and skipping the games. That will probably offend the Swedes, but hey, you're getting Forsberg! The truth is that this Red Wings team is in a real desperate situation to make the playoffs, and we could use those three players for the stretch run.