DeKeyser was placed on LTIR the next day because of the left shoulder injury he suffered from the hit, but he will return to the ice on Saturday, December 21st, against the Toronto Maple Leafs and in front of the HBO 24//7 cameras.
DeKeyser says he’s in lineup Saturday against Leafs.
— Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) December 20, 2013
Before DeKeyser was knocked out of the line-up due to an injury, he picked up 9 points, 2 goals, in 22 games and was a plus 5; all while averaging more than 20 minutes per game.
When Jonthan Ericsson went down, the Red Wings called upon DeKeyser to fill in and when Niklas Kronwall went down as well they learned heavier on the young defenseman and he held his own.
DeKeyser is an important part of the Wings’ defense and will provide an immediate boost when he returns on Saturday.
With the return of Danny DeKeyser, one of the six current blueliners will have to watch the game from the press box and while most Red Wing fans want Kyle Quincey to be removed from the ice it will be Jakub Kindl who will sit.
DeKeyser at the left point on 2nd power play unit with Eaves at right point. Could be DeKeyser is ready to play and Kindl may be scratched?
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) December 20, 2013
Kindl was a serious liability on the point in yesterday’s game against the Flames and had trouble controlling the puck for most of the game. Whether he was thinking to far ahead before he received the puck or was just having an off day at the office, there is no real excuse for the amount of puck he fumbled and turned over to the Flames in the Wing’s zone.
If tomorrow rolls around and Mike Babcock decides to scratch Kyle Quincey instead of Jakub Kindl I would not complain because neither have been very solid this season. All I know is that one of them will not be in the line-up tomorrow when Danny DeKeyser makes his triumphant return to the ice.