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