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by Paul on 03/19/14 at 04:04 PM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings have lost defenseman Jonathan Ericsson for at least the remainder of the regular season.
The club announced Wednesday that Ericsson will miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing successful surgery on his broken finger. It was needed to stabilize the fracture and repair a partially torn tendon....
Smith played forward for the first two periods in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Toronto before moving back to defense in the third, after Ericsson was injured.
“He’s just got to compete hard and make good decisions with the puck,” Babcock said. “Smitty’s got the competitive nature you need, he’s got the skating you need, the skill you need. His decision-making with the puck gets him in trouble at times and his decision-making being active, so those are things you grow with, you become a better player.
“Do more by doing less, make the simple play, don’t force things. Lots of shifts are 50-50, nothing happens.”
Babcock said he’ll keep the Danny DeKeyser-Kyle Quincey pairing intact.
The third pairing would be Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl.
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