--LW Gustav Nyquist was reassigned to Grand Rapids (AHL) after sitting out Wednesday's game when Todd Bertuzzi returned from a groin strain. The skilled Nyquist had no goals and two assists in three games during his most-recent NHL stint. Overall, he has no goals and three assists in eight games for Detroit.
--LW Tomas Holmstrom is experiencing one of the worst slumps of his career. He has gone 24 games without a goal, picking up only one assist during that time. A power-play specialist, he has struggled, along with the rest of the team, on a man-advantage that hasn't converted in the past seven games.
--D Brendan Smith made a costly turnover that led to Anaheim's second goal Wednesday. He was stripped of the puck by Kyle Palmieri near the Detroit net, leading directly to an unassisted goal. Smith has tremendous offensive ability but must improve defensively.
--C Pavel Datsyuk (arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Feb. 21) is day-to-day.
--D Nicklas Lidstrom (deep bone bruise in right ankle) is out until mid-March.
--D Jakub Kindl (upper-body injury) is out until mid-March.
--D Jonathan Ericsson suffered a fractured left wrist on Feb. 25 and is out until late March.
--RW Patrick Eaves (fractured jaw on Nov. 26) is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms.
--Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart
--Kyle Quincey, Ian White
--Brendan Smith, Doug Janik
--LW Valtteri Filppula, C Henrik Zetterberg, RW Jiri Hudler
--LW Dan Cleary, C Johan Franzen, RW Todd Bertuzzi
--LW Drew Miller C Darren Helm, RW Justin Abdelkader
--RW Tomas Holmstrom, C Cory Emmerton, RW Jan Mursak
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