Mar 6, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (52) checks Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Ericsson Becomes The Latest Casualty In Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings were able to squeak out a regulation victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it came at a cost to the already injury ravaged Red Wings.

Jonathan Ericsson was knocked out of the game due to a broken finger in the second period and will see a hand specialist.

After seeing the hand specialist, he could have surgery on his finger as soon as today and it could speed up his recovery if he does.

 

With Ericsson out for at least ten days, Brendan Smith‘s career as a forward has come to an abrupt end and Danny DeKeyser will be called upon to take over Ericsson’s spot next to Niklas Kronwall.

Losing Jonathan Ericsson creates a large hole in the defensive zone, despite his troubles since the Olympic break, and he will not be easily replaced. Ericsson is a critical part of the Red Wings’ penalty kill and logs over twenty minutes per game, but DeKeyser has experience eating large minutes this season and Kindl has a ton of potential.

With Danny DeKeyser joining the top pair, Jakub Kindl will see time next to Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith will join back up with Brian Lashoff.

The Red Wings do not plan to re-call a player from Grand Rapids, which means Teemu Pulkkinen will make another start on Detroit’s fourth line.

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