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Red Wings’ Sundqvist May Not Play Thursday in Boston



Oskar Sundqvist, Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings forward Oskar Sundqvist didn’t practice Wednesday and his status is unclear for their Thursday road game against the Boston Bruins.

“Oskar will be day to day, so I don’t know if we’ll have him,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said.

After Wednesday’s practice, Lalonde wasn’t even sure Sundqvist would go to Boston.

Lalonde said Sundqvist’s injury was upper body, but offered no details. Sundqvist was on the ice for three goals-against in Detroit’s 6-2 loss to New Jersey.

“Obviously, he wasn’t himself last night,” Lalonde said. “I love the competitiveness in him trying to fight through it but if I had that over again we may have not played him because he obviously wasn’t himself last night, couldn’t get any battles. Just wasn’t himself.”

Sundqvist had been playing with on a line with Michael Rasmussen and Elmer Soderblom. In Wednesday’s practice, Adam Erne was in Sundqvist’s spot.

Lalonde was looking at some different line combinations in Wednesday’s practice, including moving Joe Veleno to the second line to play with Lucas Raymond and Andrew Copp. Raymond is still looking for his first goal this season.

Veleno has 10 hits in his last three games.

“Just trying to get a little more on some different lines,” Lalonde said. “We feel that with (Pius) Suter we have five guys that can play center that we trust there. So if we feel one of those wings can maybe spark a line –we tried it last night with Copp up with Larkin and Raymond – we’ll look at different things.”

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No decision had been made Wednesday afternoon about whether a player would be called up from Grand Rapids. The Red Wings have one extra player on the roster, Jordan Oesterle, who can play forward.

In Wednesdays practice, Suter centered a fourth line with Filip Zadina and Oesterle.