Lidstrom has broken nose, will miss at least three games
According to the Detroit Free Press, coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday morning that Lidstrom will miss at least the next three games.
Lidstrom told a Swedish newspaper his eye was swollen shut, and that he needed 25 stitches under the right eyebrow, according to the Free Press.
"He's got a broken nose, but no damage to the cheek or eye, so everything's fine," Babcock told the Free Press. "I mean, he got hit in the head with a puck, and so he's not feeling good today -- he didn't even come to the rink today; he'll be back here tomorrow and then he'll be rolling in no time."
He was helped off the ice Wednesday night in Detroit during an exhibition game against Montreal. X-rays revealed no damage to Lidstrom's right eye.
The 38-year-old Lidstrom hoisted the Stanley Cup for the fourth time with the Red Wings last season. He led all defensemen with 70 points.
Detroit plays a preseason game against Boston on Thursday night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before returning home to host the Bruins on Friday.
The defending NHL champions open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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