Preparing for Thursday’s matchup in New York against the Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings may be able to welcome back a familiar face prior to puck drop.
Following Wednesday’s practice, coach Jeff Blashill revealed forward Vladislav Namestnikov – who missed Monday’s game due to an undisclosed injury – could be available for his team’s upcoming showdown at Madison Square Garden.
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Unfortunately, after scoring his first NHL goal Monday, defenceman Gustav Lindstrom is recovering from a middle-body injury and won’t play Thursday against the Rangers. For now, the 23-year-old blueliner is considered day-to-day.
Namestnikov, 29, last played on Feb. 12 at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, where he logged 15:58 minutes of ice-time and registered one shot on goal.
Through 49 games this season, the left-handed center has averaged 15:14 minutes of ice-time per night, posting 13 goals and 23 points. Additionally, he’s also generated 66 shots on goal, 31 hits, 26 blocks, 15 takeaways and a 50.0 percent face-off percentage.
Playing on the final season of his two-year, $4-million contract, Namestnikov is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Detroit will conclude its two-game road trip in New York on Thursday, beginning at 7:00 pm ET.
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