DeKeyser (hand) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. DeKeyser is facing a 4-to-6 week absence, with career AHLer Brian Lashoff called up as a reinforcement option. Neither of those players carry much weight in the fantasy realm, but it certainly puts the Red Wings in a precarious position, especially since Trevor Daley (lower body) is out of action as well.
Coach Jeff Blashill said Wednesday that DeKeyser (hand) will be out 4-to-6 weeks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. The news means DeKeyser will miss the rest of 2018 and won't be available until Jan. 2 versus Calgary at the absolute earliest. At this point, it's only a matter of time before the club places the defenseman on injured reserve in order to free up a spot on the 23-man roster. With Trevor Daley (lower body) also dealing with an injury, the Red Wings once again find themselves very thin on the blue line.
Coach Jeff Blashill said DeKeyser will miss multiple weeks after taking a shot off his left hand during Tuesday's loss to the Lightning, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. DeKeyser blocked a Steven Stamkos shot in the second period and took on damage. It's unclear what the nature of DeKeyser's injury is, but expect the Red Wings to place him on injured reserve and subsequently recall a blueliner from AHL Grand Rapids.
DeKeyser won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Lightning after suffering a upper-body injury, he reports. It's unclear what exactly is bothering DeKeyser, but the news surfaced while the game was within a goal so it's likely more than just precautionary. DeKeyser's next chance to play will be Thursday against the Maple Leafs or else the team may need to dip into AHL Grand Rapids.
DeKeyser blocked three shots Saturday in a 4-3 shootout road win over the Hurricanes. Even with three blocked shots from DeKeyser, the Hurricanes still flung the puck in the path of Jonathan Bernier a whopping 52 times. But let's be real -- fantasy owners gravitate toward defensemen who consistently factor into scoring plays; DeKeyser averages over 20 minutes of ice time per contest, but he's only produced two points over nine games to qualify as waiver fodder in virtually every league type.
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