CALGARY, Alberta -- Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula is questionable for Friday's game against the Calgary Flames (9 p.m., FSD) due to a sore groin that kept him out of Thursday's practice at the Saddledome.
Filppula said his status will be determined after Friday's morning skate.
“I don’t know what happened,'' Filppula said. "I started feeling something in my groin (during Tuesday's 5-3 win in Edmonton). I know I didn’t pull it or anything like that, maybe tweaked it somehow.’’
He's certain Wednesday's team curling outing had nothing to do with it.
“I took it easy there,'' Filppula said. "It definitely wasn’t that.’’
Patrick Eaves (infected elbow) skated and said he's ready to play this time for sure.
Coach Mike Babcock said if Filppula plays, either Jan Mursak or Tomas Tatar will be scratched.
If Filppula can't play, Johan Franzen might center the second line. Eaves will move up to the second line and get some power-play time. Here are the lines they practiced with:
Jimmy Howard will start in goal for Detroit.
Edited by Howard He Do It?!, 06 January 2011 - 06:28 PM.