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March 2, 2012 | 10:28am ET
Lidstrom out for the weekend
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According to the Detroit News, Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his ankle and is expected to miss at least both Friday's game against the Minnesota Wild and Sunday's against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 41-year-old suffered a swollen ankle when he was hit by a puck last Saturday.

Although no fracture was detected, he hasn't skated since as he's has experienced discomfort when trying to put on his skate boot.

"We'll re-evaluate him Monday," Wings GM Ken Holland told the News. "The doctor thinks a few days rest and he should be better. We've taken some pictures. It doesn't really show much. It's swollen.

"He's out for the weekend for sure, and then it's day-to-day."

In 62 games this season, Lidstrom has tallied 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points and a plus-25 rating.

The Wings' blueline should get a boost on Friday, as newly-acquired defenseman Kyle Quincey, who missed Tuesday's game with a sore groin, practiced on Thursday.

Meanwhile, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who is sidelined at least until April with a chipped bone in his left wrist, received treatment and is likely to start skating soon, but he won't be practicing with the club for a while.

As for to the Wings' original timeline for forward Pavel Datsyuk's recovery from arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone fragment from his knee, the star player worked in the exercise and weight room on Thursday, and took treatment on the training table.

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