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.