Danny DeKeyser was injured in the First Period of Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators.
As DeKeyser went behind the goal-line to make a play on the puck Patric Hornqvist gave him a hard check into the boards and DeKeyser was noticeably in pain immediately after the hit.
DeKeyser made his way to the bench and sat down, but was soon taken down the tunnel for an X-ray/MRI to asses the extent of the damage. When the information was released that DeKeyser would not return to the game due to injury, it was only a matter of time until he was placed on Injured Reserve.
The Red Wings have placed Danny DeKeyser on long-term injured reserve, Ken Hollland said. So he’s out minimum 10 games and 24 days.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) November 20, 2013
Not only was DeKeyser place on injured reserve, but on long term injured reserve, which means, as Ansar Khan eloquently put, that he will miss a minimum of 10 NHL games and 24 days. Because DeKeyser has to miss 24 days, he will actually not be able to play in 13 games.
DeKeyser would be able to return to the line-up on December 17th against the Anaheim Ducks if he is healthy.
Losing DeKeyser will be a hard pill to swallow for the Red Wings because he was just stepping into his own as a defender and they will miss him on the blueline.
There is some good new for the Red Wings and DeKeyser though, Ken Holland has stated that he will not require surgery on his shoulder, Brendan Smith and Jonathan Ericsson have returned from their injuries which will offset the loss, and having DeKeyser on IR does help solve the Red Wings roster crunch for a short while.
The Red Wings will have the room to bring up Luke Glendening or Patrick Eaves, but hopefully neither will need to be recalled because it would mean Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson are ready to return to the line-up.