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by George Malik on 12/24/13 at 02:34 PM ET
Updated 7x at 5:24 PM: Awful news regarding Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson from the Free Press's George Sipple:
You don't screw around with broken ribs.
Update: Sipple had an article ready to go, and his article offers quotes from Wings GM Ken Holland:
Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson suffered a couple of fractured ribs in a 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Monday night.
General Manager Ken Holland said Jakub Kindl will return to the lineup with Ericsson out.
"Sounds like he's going to be out awhile," Holland said of Ericsson. "I guess I would say 3-5 weeks if I had to guess."
Again, via We All Bleed Red, Ericsson injured himself during a set of checks during the course of a pair of hits in the 2nd period of last night's game:
This is very true:
At this point, I just want to see Ericsson get healthy. And I do think that the Wings will call up a seventh defenseman for their road trip to Florida and Nashville on the 28th and 30th, with Xavier Ouellet or the no-longer-waiver-exempt-next-year Adam Almquist as the top candidates for recalls.
Update #2: Two broken ribs:
Holland said the Wings will not recall another defenseman from Grand Rapids, going with the six they already have on the roster.
That means Jakub Kindl, who’s been a healthy scratch the last two games, will return to the lineup Saturday in Florida.
Update #7: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms Ericsson's status:
General manager Ken Holland said Ericsson will miss three to five weeks with two broken ribs suffered in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders.
Ericsson appeared to hurt himself on two different occasions in the game – on collisions with Islanders forwards Josh Bailey and Matt Martin.
This is the second time this season Ericsson will miss substantial playing time. Ericsson missed 10 games in late October / early November with a shoulder injury.
It’s a big blow for the Red Wings, as Ericsson forms the team’s top defensive tandem with Niklas Kronwall.
Ericsson has one goal and seven assists in 29 games with a plus-9 rating, tied for best on the team with Kronwall.
The Red Wings will not promote anyone from Grand Rapids at this time, as they have six healthy defenseman currently. Jakub Kindl has been a healthy scratch the last two games.
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