ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nicklas Lidstrom and the Red Wings are in uncharted territory.
When Lidstrom missed his seventh consecutive game Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings because of a deep bone bruise in his right ankle, it set an unfortunate new career high for most consecutive games missed.
The worst part of it is, Lidstrom doesn't seem to be improving. Once the swelling went down and he was able to get a skate on his foot, he thought he would be back playing in no time.
But, as Lidstrom told reporters after Wednesday's morning skate at the Honda Center in Anaheim, that's not happening.
"It was more sore today when I skated, I was out there for just a few minutes and it was more sore," Lidstrom said. "I don't think it's good when you're more sore, so they want me to be more cautious about it."
Lidstrom has had the ankle X-rayed more than once and doctors have said it is not broken, merely a really bad bone bruise.
"It is ...