Jonathan Ericsson took a hard hit from Matt Martin on Monday when the Detroit Red Wings took on the New York Islanders, and didn’t return to the ice due to an upper-body injury. It’s been revealed that the defenseman suffered fractured ribs on the play, and will miss upwards of a month of action due to the ailment.
Per Wings GM Ken Holland, Jonathan Ericsson has two fractured ribs. He’ll be out 3-5 weeks.
— Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) December 24, 2013
That’s another tough blow to a Red Wings team that just can’t seem to stay healthy in any way, shape or form this season. They’ve dealt with injuries to almost every significant player, from Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk to Henrik Zetterberg and Jimmy Howard. Now Ericsson will be out for a while, and he’s been a player that Detroit has been leaning on a bit lately.
He’s been averaging more than 21 minutes a night and has really elevated his game in his own zone this season. The Wings rewarded his steady play with a new six-year, $25.5 million extension this season.
Detroit will return to action after the league’s holiday freeze on Saturday when they’ll play the Florida Panthers on the road.