After suffering an embarrassing 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the 2013 season opener, the bad news keeps coming for the Detroit Red Wings. Already staring at a plethora of injuries, the team now finds three more players added to that list.
Jonas Gustavsson, who saw some ice time Saturday night in relief of Jimmy Howard, has a groin injury and is day-to-day. The team recalled Tom McCollum from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins to back up Howard while Gustavsson is out. Jonathan Ericsson could miss time after suffering a shoulder injury during practice today. An already depleted defense corps looks to have Jakub Kindl back for tomorrow’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (or by Friday at the latest), but would miss a player of Ericsson’s size and skill. Jan Mursak was injured during Saturday’s loss, and will undergo further tests – although early feedback suggests he could miss significant time. Add these players to an injured list that includes Darren Helm , Todd Bertuzzi (mono), Joey MacDonald (back), Patrick Eaves (concussion) and the Wings look to be in a world of hurt (literally) moving forward.
Eaves is expected to return for Monday’s game and Helm by Friday at the latest, which may help boost the Wings’ forward lines. Eaves won’t be rushed back into a ton of ice time, however, after missing more than a year with concussion issues. Helm’s speed was noticeably absent during the game against the Blues and will be a welcome addition back into the lineup.
McCollum last saw NHL action in March of 2011 in relief of MacDonald. He allowed three goals on eight shots before being pulled. In 17 appearances for the Griffins this season, he is 10-6-1 with a 2.69 GAA and one shutout. Eaves only appeared in 10 games for the Red Wings last season before getting injured, suffering a broken jaw while blocking a shot against the Nashville Predators.