After the loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins the Detroit Red Wings hit another injury bump, but are looking forward the return of a few key players over the weekend as well.
According to Greg Kuppa, DeKeyser was hurt during Wednesday’s game and Smith during a drill in practice.
Mike Babcock said DeKeyser “bumped his knee” in a play Wednesday against Pittsburgh. ”I don’t think it’s very serious, but we’ll see,” Babcock said.
Smith said he was just fine after he was driven into the end boards during a drill, remained on the ice for a moment and then flexed his leg considerably, before returning immediately to the drill.
Smith could play over the weekend or be held out for precautionary means. DeKeyser’s injury on the other hand seems more serious and it could keep him out of the line-up over the weekend.
It might be best to keep both players out of the line-up this weekend just to make sure they are healthy enough for the season opener on Tuesday.
Alfredsson’s return would certainly improve the Red Wings’ ability to produce points and it would be the first time during the preseason season that the second line would be playing together.
The Red Wings have possibly lost two defensemen for a short period of time, but gained Daniel Alfredsson. Not a great trade off, but for the rest of the preseason I will take it, as long as both are healthy enough for the beginning of the regular season.