Just a quick note this morning — Tomas Holmstrom, who left last night’s game against the Nashville Predators with an undisclosed lower body injury, will not be available for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues. News has leaked that Homer suffered a groin injury at some point late in the second period.
Replacing him in the lineup is call-up Joakim Andersson (6-2, 206, Sweden, Center), who will become the first Red Wing to wear #63 in team history. His jersey is seen above, courtesy of a tweet from DetroitRedWing.com’s Bill Roose. Also according to Roose, Andersson will play on the fourth line with Cory Emmerton and Justin Abdelkader.
The 22-year-old is making his NHL debut after 109 games played in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins. In 29 games this season, Andersson has 8 goals and 9 assists, and his 17 points place him fifth on team scoring. Gustav Nyquist, who was the first Wings call-up this season, leads the team with 30.
Tomas Tatar, who was called up December 15th but did not play, seemed like a more likely candidate, but the Red Wings want to see what they have in their 3rd round pick from 2007. Detroit didn’t have a second round pick that year, but their first round pick (Brendan Smith) also made his NHL debut this season.
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