STOCKHOLM -- One Swedish player will try to keep his historic streak alive when the Toronto Maple Leafs play their first game in Sweden while another won't be in the lineup.
When Toronto plays the Detroit Red Wings at the 2023 NHL Global Series Sweden presented by Fastenal on Friday (2 p.m. ET; BSDET, NHLN, TSN4), they will be without defenseman John Klingberg because of an undisclosed injury.
The native of Gothenburg took part in the morning skate at Avicii Arena but the results were not encouraging.
"I mean, it's the first time I've skated in, I don't know, a week or so, and I didn't feel very good out there," Klingberg said. "Very stiff, a little bit of pain and not a lot of motion. So we've got a lot of stuff to work on here."
The 31-year-old said the injury, which has lingered for years, is about as bad as it's ever been. It also makes him doubtful for the game against the Minnesota Wild here on Sunday (8 a.m. ET; BSWIX, BSN, NHLN, SNO).
"It's always been there throughout my career, but I've been able to deal with it and work through it," he said. "But it's kind of hit rock bottom the past few weeks and it's something we're trying to figure out."
Klingberg dealt with hamstring injuries in 2020 and 2022. He had hip surgery in 2014.
"It's just kind of disappointing that I can't play," he said. "That we're back home in Sweden and all that, it doesn't really matter. I mean, it's big for us to be in Sweden as a Swedish player, but I mean, if it would have been in Toronto or on the road or whatever, it still would be disappointing that you can't dress up and play.
"That's just the way it is."
Klingberg has five assists in 14 games this season, his first with the Maple Leafs after signing a one-year, $4.15 million contract July 1.