Vanek (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Blues, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Vanek will return to a top-six role Wednesday, skating with Frans Nielsen and Andreas Athanasiou on the Red Wings' second line, and should also see time on the man advantage as part of Detroit's second power-play unit. The 33-year-old winger has been an extremely pleasant surprise for the Red Wings and fantasy owners alike this season, racking up 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 43 games, making him a player worth owning in most formats.
The net-front winger originally told reporters that he'll be fit to play, though the team cautioned that an official decision has yet to be made. While the needle seems to be pointing toward the veteran suiting up, daily players interested in Vanek just might want to hold off on setting lineups until it's clear that he'll be out there against the Notes. Despite already missing 13 games this season, he's second on the team with 36 points -- 14 goals and 22 helpers.
Clarifying an earlier report, Vanek is hoping to suit up against the Blues on Wednesday, but no decision has been made yet, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
If he is given the all clear from the medical staff, Vanek will likely suit up on the Wings' second line, as well as logging time on the power play. In the event the winger can't play, Tomas Jurco figures to be the leading candidate to take his spot in the game-day lineup. Coach Jeff Blashill should provide more information after Wednesday's morning skate.
The Austrian's injury was never considered serious, as Sunday's game was the only one he had missed with that particular ailment. However, he's been held out of 12 other contests this season due to groin, hip and lower-body maladies. Vanek has the
Vanek (ankle) will miss Sunday's contest in Minnesota, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
With 36 points in 43 games, Vanek has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise shoddy Red Wings offense. After playing through the injury he sustained in Saturday's 2-1 loss, he wasn't able to go in Minnesota. His next chance to return will come Wednesday against St. Louis.