The Detroit Red Wings have already had a lot of their forward depth chewed up by the injury bug. The most recent victim is Stephen Weiss, who was placed in the short-term injured reserve by the team prior to tonight’s contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Detroit is already without Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader Jimmy Howard and Danny DeKeyser, among others.
Now they’ll be without Weiss until sometime after Christmas.
Weiss out until at least after Christmas, Holland said. They might send him to a specialist after he had MRI on groin. Will decide tonight
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According to ManGamesLost.com, Detroit has lost 110 man-games due to injury. That’s the 10th highest in the league, but the players that the Red Wings have been missing are of the high-end caliber. Pavel Datsyuk missed seven contests earlier in the season, and Zetterberg recently resumed skating after staying off of the ice for the last two weeks.
Weiss hasn’t been a boon for Detroit like the team hoped, but with so many other guys on the shelf, losing another center is tough. Johan Franzen has erupted since moving to the middle, while Weiss was struggling to produce much of anything despite an average or more than 14 minutes of ice time per game.
The former Florida Panther is on pace for 11 points on the year, and has not scored a goal since October 14.