Wishful thinking was on display after Red Wings practice on Friday.
Many of the injured players were encouraged with their progress leading head coach Mike Babcock to believe that Captain Nick Lidstrom (ankle bone bruise) was ready to rejoin the lineup.
Nicks in, isnt he?" Babcock asked reporters after practice.
When the coach was informed that Lidstrom indicated that he was still day-to-day and hed gauge his return on how he felt after Saturdays morning skate, Babcock replied.
I thought that Nick was back for sure, said Babcock. Thats just me watching practice. It just goes to show you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Lidstrom participated for the entire practice, but afterword was cautious about saying hed return Saturday against Carolina at Joe Louis Arena.
Well have to see how it feels after having a good practice today, said Lidstrom. We dont want it to get any worse. Im going to skate tomorrow morning, but its still day-to-day.
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