Danny DeKeyser broke his thumb in the third period of Thursday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. DeKeyser left the ice and did not finish the game.
The Red Wings will not have DeKeyser, who broke his right thumb.
“He’s done,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
This is a bad break for the Red Wings and DeKeyser, who has made a smooth transition from the NCAA to the NHL. His quick feet and defensive abilities earned him a lot of time on the blue line in all situations.
Let’s take a quick look at Danny DeKeyser‘s possible replacements.
Ian White: Pros – Right handed shot, strong skater, can play on the power play, and has a quick first pass.
Cons – He is Ian White.
Carlo Colaiacovo: Pros – Good on the offensive and defensive side of the puck, can play on power play or penalty kill, and is not Ian White.
Cons – Wings would probably have to look for another defenseman after the next game because he would be hurt.
Brian Lashoff: Pros – Strong defensively like DeKeyser, block a lot of shots, and is trusted to play penalty kill minutes.
Cons – Not very quick on his feet and makes a lot of rookie mistakes.
My bet is on the return of Colaiacovo to the Red Wings’ blue line.
UPDATE: Brian Lashoff is in for Danny DeKeyser for Game 3.
Babcock said Lashoff will play in Game 3 in place of the injured DeKeyser.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) May 3, 2013