Detroit Red Wings Quick Hits: Ville Leino Scratched, Valtteri Filppula Uncasted

December 8th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Here are some quick updates as Detroit prepares for Wednesday's tilt against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena...

Leino sits

For the second time in as many games, forward Ville Leino will be a healthy scratch for the Red Wings.

Despite showing a great deal of promise in limited action last season, Leino has been a rather large disappointment this season. 

Leino has just five points (3G, 2A) in 27 games played with a minus-8 rating.

Leino has been given more than enough playing time to prove himself effective, often being paired with star center Henrik Zetterberg, to no avail.

Leino has not recorded a point in well over a month and will be a healthy scratch for the third time this season.

While losing linemates Jason Williams and Valtteri Filppula, one of the team's most effective lines early on, may be a factor affecting his play, his overall lack of effort and inability to win physical battles has made him expendable.


Filppula progressing

Filppula (wrist), who has been out since late October, had his cast removed on Tuesday, providing hope that ...

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