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Red Wings bring in reinforcements for injured starters

Mar 5, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings are feeling the bite of the injury bug at a most inopportune time. The Wings are in the hunt for the Central Division title and a shot at the top seed in the West, but with Todd Bertuzzi dealing with a nagging groin injury and seeing both Jakub Kindl and Jimmy Howard knocked out of yesterday’s game against Chicago, it’s time to call up the reserves.

Bill Roose of the Red Wings’ website reports that Detroit has recalled forward Chris Conner, defenseman Doug Janik, and goalie Jordan Pearce from the AHL to help fill the skates of those three starters. Conner and Janik have had a taste of action this season for Detroit already while Pearce will ride the pine behind Joey MacDonald.

While none of the injuries to the three starters are believed to be long-term, losing guys in a tight playoff race hurts. With Detroit already dealing with Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson injuries, losing Kindl is especially difficult. We’ve seen Detroit withstand issues all season but even this spate of injuries is asking a lot of them.

  1. cmutimmah - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Where’s Commodore when you need him…LOL

    Janik should fill in fine for the short run. Dats and Lidstrom should be refreshed for a long playoff run, hopefully…

  2. geo91 - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Branden Smith needs to stick in the line-up, he’s got the makings of a solid NHL player. Lidstrom-Quincey, Kronwall-Stuart, Ericsson-Smith would be my playoff unit with Kindl waiting for anyone to get injured or slump.

  3. polegojim - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    The beauty of this… there is no downside!

    Resting the big boys… training the future!

    Let’s GO RED WINGS!

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