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Roster Report

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PLAYER NOTES

--C Darren Helm, relied on primarily for speed, energy and checking, is picking up the pace offensively. He a made a couple of good moves in the offensive zone to set up Niklas Kronwall for a goal. Helm has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past seven games.

--D Niklas Kronwall has seven points in his past three games (one goal, six assists), the most productive stretch of his career. He has been more active offensively, jumping up into the play and shooting the puck more.

--G Joey MacDonald faced only 13 shots over the final two periods in relief of the injured Jimmy Howard, but he suffered the loss when Patrick Kane snapped a 1-1 tie at 18:41 of the second period. It snapped MacDonald's seven-game winning streak. He is 7-2-1 since being recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL) to replace an ineffective Ty Conklin.

MEDICAL WATCH

--G Jimmy Howard (lower-body injury) is day-to-day.

--D Jakub Kindl (upper-body injury) is day-to-day.

--D Nicklas Lidstrom (swollen ankle) is expected to return in early March.

--D Jonathan Ericsson suffered a fractured wrist on Feb. 25 and is out until late March.

--C Pavel Datsyuk had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Feb. 21 and will be out until mid-March.

--RW Patrick Eaves (fractured jaw on Nov. 26) is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms.

GOALTENDERS

--Jimmy Howard

--Joey MacDonald

DEFENSE PAIRINGS

--Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart

--Kyle Quincey, Ian White

--Brendan Smith, Jakub Kindl

FIRST LINE

--LW Valtteri Filppula, C Henrik Zetterberg, RW Jiri Hudler

SECOND LINE

--LW Dan Cleary, C Justin Abdelkader, RW Todd Bertuzzi

THIRD LINE

--LW Drew Miller C Darren Helm, RW Johan Franzen

FOURTH LINE

--RW Tomas Holmstrom, C Cory Emmerton, RW Jan Mursak

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