Feb 25, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT
Jonathan Ericsson was on the ice for just 6:44 minutes on Saturday before he exited the game early in the second period. We learned afterwards that Ericsson will miss a minimum of four weeks because of a fractured wrist. With about a month and a half left in 2011-12, it looks like the best the Red Wings can hope for is that Ericsson returns in time to shake off the rust before the postseason.
Detroit isn’t in any real danger of missing the playoffs, but they still have plenty to play for. The St. Louis Blues are breathing down their collective necks in the race for the Central Division title and the Vancouver Canucks are simultaneously battling them for the first overall seed in the Western Conference. A strong March could be the difference between maintaining home ice advantage throughout the playoffs and finishing with the fourth seed – or worse – in the Western Conference.
On a more positive note, the loss of Ericsson will be mitigated by Detroit’s recent acquisition of defenseman Kyle Quincey.
- Eller, Habs agree to four-year, $14 million contract 2
- Cory Sarich hospitalized following cycling accident, expects ‘full recovery’ 5
- Stamkos shrugs off talk of LeBron-like homecoming to Toronto in 2016 26
- Avs and O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, but questions remain 38
- Rangers and Kreider avoid arbitration, agree on two-year deal 38
- Zuccarello takes Rangers’ one year, $3.5M deal 42
- Advancement? Leafs sign Booth for one year, $1.1M 25
- Leafs hire 28-year-old stats advocate as assistant GM 30
- NBC Sports to air over 100 NHL regular-season games in 2014-15 69
- Stars, Roussel agree on four-year, $8 million deal 3
- Babcock fires back over allegations that free agents avoid him (77)
- Babcock: Cleary a ‘calculated risk’ after playing last year ‘on one leg’ (70)
- NBC Sports to air over 100 NHL regular-season games in 2014-15 (69)
- Vanek connected to federal gambling investigation (61)
- Report: Zuccarello wants $4.5M per on new deal, Brassard eyeing $5.5M (58)