Kronwall (groin) is set to return for Sunday afternoon's home game against the Rangers, the Detroit Free Press reports.
After missing the past eight games, Kronwall is likely to reunite with Jonathan Ericsson, who has been working on the second pair with Alexey Marchenko. This latest report suggests that Marchenko will be scratched from the lineup to make room for the Swedish defenseman best known for his jarring hits, and the Wings will need to either waive a player or send one to the minors since they're at the 23-man limit.
Kronwall (groin) won't play Friday against Buffalo, but coach Jeff Blashill is hopeful the veteran blueliner will be ready to return Sunday against the Rangers.
Kronwall's return to Detroit's lineup is clearly imminent, but the veteran defender will remain on injured reserve until his readiness is made official. The Swedish defender has only tallied three assists in 25 games this season, but should return to his role on the Red Wings No. 1 power-play unit upon his return to action, which could result in improved offensive production going forward.
Kronwall (groin) is likely to play either Friday in Buffalo or Sunday at home against the Rangers, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.
Kronwall finally appears ready for an imminent return after a seven-game absence. The Detroit defense has actually held up decently in Kronwall's absence, allowing only 29.7 shots per game in January, but the team should still be thrilled to have him back.
The hope is that Kronwall can give it a go in Friday's road match with the Sabres. He was able to practice Sunday, which is a sure sign of progress, but the shutdown blueliner remains day-to-day.
Kronwall (lower body) was able to practice Sunday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Between this ailment and his perpetually ailing knee -- perhaps the two are related -- Kronwall has been limited to 25 of a possible 43 games this season. He remains on injured reserve and will likely need to get in a few more practices with contact before having a chance to rejoin the lineup. The Red Wings will host the Canadiens on Monday and then the Bruins on Wednesday, so we're bound to receive more status updates on the bone-crushing blueliner in the coming days.