Red Wings captain injujred

Feb. 26, 2002 at 3:44 PM

DETROIT, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The Detroit Red Wings are expected to be

without captain Steve Yzerman for about 2 1/2 weeks while


he recovers from a knee injury that flared up during the


Yzerman, who underwent arthroscopic surgery January 28, said Tuesday that he has a stiff and swollen knee. The

ailment bothered him in the Olympics, during which he

helped Canada win a gold medal.

Yzerman has 13 goals and 35 assists for the Red Wings,

who have a league-high 90 points.

While Yzerman will miss Tuesday's game at Tampa Bay,

the Red Wings received some good news when they learned that

left wing Brendan Shanahan will try to play Tuesday.

Shanahan, an Olympic teammate of Yzerman's, is nursing a broken

bone in his right thumb, but the injury is not expected to

prevent him from gripping his stick. Shanahan has 30 goals

and 27 assists this season.

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