Injured Detroit Red Wings goalie Ville Husso is targeting to play again this season.
“Ville is back in the mix,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said Wednesday. “He got some opinions on where his lower-body injury is. I don’t expect him (Thursday against Carolina) or Friday but we want to get him back in the rhythm and hopefully he’ll see some games down the stretch.”
Husso said the undisclosed injury bothered him for a while. He finally left the lineup nine days ago. “I just wanted to make sure it’s nothing major,” he said. “Just take of the body. It was a good week to rest. Felt good today.”
The Finnish goalie has already loggred 51 games, nine more than he has ever played in a professional season. He said he wasn’t sure if his increased workload played a role in his injury.
“I mean it could be part of it,” Husso said. “As a goalie you want to play as many games as you can. You need to take care of the body. You don’t want to deal with injuries ever. It just unfortunately happened. Happy to be back there.”
Lalonde said Alex Nedeljkovic will make his third consecutive start Thursday when Detroit plays against the Hurricanes. Nedeljkovic’s win Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins was his first NHL victory since Nov. 6 when he downed the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden.
Injured Ben Chiarot will also be back in the lineup, along with rookie Simon Edvinsson.
Lalonde also said Fabbri (lower body) had a surgical procedure. “He’ll be a routine 4-6 weeks,” Lalonde said. “He won’t miss anything in his summer training. We expect him to be fully ready next year.”
Filip Zadina’s status still hasn’t been fully determined.
“He’s not available for practice,” Lalonde said. “We haven’t got the official update on his plan and the medical team’s plan for him but I don’t know if we’ll expect him back. It’s nothing drastic. It’s an underlying issue of where he was from his previous surgery.”