Things might have gone from bad to worse of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The day after the Red Wings lost their seventh straight game, they lost one of their best defenseman in the young Danny DeKeyser for the next 3-6 weeks.
DeKeyser left the game with a slumped shoulder on Tuesday night at home against the Nashville Predators after a hit into the boards from Patric Hornqvist. The hit didn't appear to be much but it appears to have resulted in a separated shoulder for DeKeyser.
So on Wednesday the team placed him on long-term injury reserve meaning he will miss at least the next 10 games before he is eligible to return.
That's close to the last thing the Wings need at this point. DeKeyser, who was an undrafted free agent who elected to sign with the Wings, was really starting to take his game up a notch this season and becoming the prospect that so many saw when he came out of Western Michigan University. This season he has averaged 20:51 of ice time per game and has two goals to go with seven assists in 22 games. He has very quickly become a huge part of their defensive corps.
The good news at least is that DeKeyser won't require surgery but is still going to miss a minimum of three-plus weeks.