Todd Bertuzzi has been one of the few members of the Detroit Red Wings playing to the peak of his abilities so far during the 2013-14 NHL season. The team has struggled to score goals on a nightly basis, and has fallen all the way to 20th in average goals for per game.
The Wings have been missing Bertuzzi’s presence for the last two contests, and head coach Mike Babcock doesn’t expect the towering forward to be back in the near future. He spoke to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News about the injury: “You know how everyone is day to day for 10 days. He’s day to day.”
Aside from the big guns in Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg , the Wings haven’t been receiving a whole lot of secondary scoring this year. Bertuzzi is fourth on the team with five goals, and if he is out for longer than a few games, the injury could have a negative trickle down effect on the rest of Detroit’s lines.
Bertuzzi has been especially good on Detroit’s power play, where he uses his strength to get to the net or to win puck battles down low and along the boards. That’s another area where the Wings lack depth, and another reason why the team can’t afford to be without him for too much longer.