The Detroit Red Wings haven’t been able to catch a break all season long, and things continue to get worse in Motor City. Danny DeKeyser was forced to leave last night’s contest against the Nashville Predators after taking a hard check into the boards from Patric Hornqvist in the first period.
Here’s a video of that hit.
It was immediately clear that DeKeyser had sustained some sort of injury to his shoulder, but the severity wasn’t known. The Wings released an update on his condition today, and it’s a classic good news/bad news situation.
#RedWings D Danny DeKeyser has 2nd/3rd degree sprain L shoulder. No surgery. 4-6 weeks. Has been put on LTIR.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 20, 2013
This comes on the same night that Brendan Smith returned to the defense core after missing several contests with an injured shoulder as well. Detroit had a healthy blue line for all of nine minutes before DeKeyser was forced to head to the locker room. It’s obviously a positive that the young defender won’t need surgery, this is just another punch to the gut of a team that has lost seven consecutive games and is clinging to a wild card spot in the standings.
Among other players, Smith will be counted on heavily to step up his game in DeKeyser’s absence. Only Seth Jones had been playing more minutes a night on average than DeKeyser, and replacing his 21-plus minutes of playing time will be a monstrous task that the Wings will have to band together to accomplish.
Detroit takes on the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow, before taking on the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres in a back-to-back swing this Saturday and Sunday.