NHL notes for a Monday night

1. CLEARY OUT FOR RED WINGS

Approximately one week after losing high scoring forward Pavel Datsyuk the Detroit Red Wings suffered another big blow. Last Sunday during a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild, Dan Cleary who was having a big season for the Wings fractured his ankle when he was hit by a slapshot taken from his teammate Brad Stuart. Prior to the injury Cleary scored what was his team leading 16th goal. It’s estimated that Cleary who has 26 points on the season will miss about a month.

2. FORSBERG NOT COMING BACK

Contrary to all the rumours former NHL forward Peter Forsberg won’t be making a comeback in the NHL or for that matter with MODO. Apparently Forsberg missed a team practice on Sunday with MODO and left a voice message with the team which translated to English read “There will be no comeback – the foot is not for games.” The foot injury, which has lingered for the past few years limited Forsberg to only 23 games last year with MODO. During his NHL career Forsberg had a borderline hall of fame career as he scored 249 goals and 885 points in only 706 games suring what was a 12 year career.

3. KANE TARGETTING A TUESDAY RETURN

The Chicago Blackhawks received some welcoming news as it was announced by coach Joel Quenneville that scoring forward Patrick Kane will more than likely be returning Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues. Kane, who has 11 goals and 27 points on the season has missed eight straight games due to a nagging ankle injury. “I’m really happy with the last couple days, [but] I think once you get in a game it’s a little bit different,” Kane said. “For now I’m pretty happy with it.”

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