Niklas Kronwall D DET 16 Hrs

Kronwall (lower body) is expected to play Thursday against San Jose, the team's official Twitter feed reports.

Kronwall unexpectedly missed Tuesday's game with the ailment but it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out a second contest. The Red Wings are in a bit of a tailspin and certainly need the offensive-minded defenseman back in their trenches.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 2 Days

Kronwall (lower body) could play Thursday against the Sharks, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

The Red Wings made Kronwall a surprising late scratch with the injury minutes before Tuesday's game against the Coyotes, but GM Ken Holland indicated Wednesday that the decision was made mostly for precautionary purposes. Kronwall is expected to skate Thursday morning, after which coach Mike Babcock and the team's brain trust should make a ruling on the blueliner's availability.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 2 Days

Kronwall was made a late scratch Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

There was no indication heading into the contest that Kronwall was nursing any sort of injury, and his absence Tuesday wasn't announced until minutes before the puck dropped. Until the Red Wings provide more information on the extent of the injury, the team's top scoring blueliner should be viewed as day-to-day. Jakub Kindl will replace him in Tuesday's lineup.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 17 Days

Kronwall found twine Monday in a 5-2 win over the Oilers.

Kronwall is about on pace with last swason's 49-point performance, with eight goals and 30 assists in 65 games. He's one of the more reliable and durable fantasy defenseman in the league and should perform well down the stretch.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 26 Days

Kronwall dished out a pair of helpers and skated to a plus-2 in Saturday's impressive road win over the Predators.

Kronwall picked up secondary assists on Alexei Marchenko's game-tying goal and Tomas Tatar's game-winner in the third period, giving him 37 points on the season. Owners would love to see more in terms of goals (seven) and SOG, as Kronwall barely manages to put one puck on net per game with 69 SOG in 61 contests. At the end of the day, though, the 34-year-old Swede is the top dog on the Wings' blue line and sits 16th in scoring among NHL d-men, making him a valuable commodity in all leagues.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 1 Month

Kronwall set up a pair of goals in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Ducks, giving him seven points in the last seven contests.

Detroit's best blueliner has been as-advertised this year, scoring at a rate of 0.6 points per game with 35 in 58 games. It's probably a stretch to suggest he'll beat his career best of 51 set in 2008-09 -- especially since his shooting percentage (10.6) is over three points high than his average of 7.2 -- but Kronwall is a very productive d-man capable of giving fantasy rosters that extra bump needed to make a run for a championship.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 1 Month

Kronwall scored the overtime-winner and had an assist Saturday against Dallas.Kronwall's steady production continues, as he's now got seven goals and 33 points in 57 games on the season. He averages a whopping 23:40 of ice time per game and plays a key role for a Detroit team that has suffered just three regulation losses in their last 15 games.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 1 Month

Kronwall contributed an assist, but took a minus-3 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Penguins.The minus-3 is the worst rating Kronwall has taken all season, which is probably more of a testament to the Red Wings' ability to avoid blowout losses. As was expected heading into the season, Kronwall leads all Detroit blueliners with 30 points, including assists in three of his last four games. He's been unable to find the net since Dec. 13, however, with a sharp decline in shot attempts the primary culprit. He's put just 23 shots on net since that date, covering 22 games.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 2 Months

Kronwall assisted on a pair of goals in Saturday's 5-2 victory over the Predators.

The two assists snapped a four-game scoreless streak for the blue-liner. The 34-year-old defender should end up close to his 49-point output from last season, as he remains in the top tier of fantasy defenseman.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 3 Months

Kronwall tallied a power-play assist in Tuesday's win over the Oilers.

That gives Kronwall five helpers over his last five games, boosting his point total to 23 for the season. The 33-year-old remains on track for the third 40-point season of his career.