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Reeling Red Wings really hurting as well

Jan 20, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

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As if getting beaten 6-0 by the rival Blues wasn’t bad enough, the Detroit Red Wings now have a host of injury issues to deal with.

Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is questionable for Monday’s game in Columbus (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will miss the next two games, at least, with a sore groin and Thomas McCollum has been called up from AHL Grand Rapids to take his place.

Forward Jan Mursak, who took Todd Bertuzzi‘s place in the lineup thanks to him being out with mononucleosis, will also miss a few weeks of action with a collarbone injury. Patrick Eaves will take his spot in the lineup and he’ll be seeing his first action since early last season thanks to concussion problems.

One bad game isn’t enough to cause a full-blown panic for any team, but things certainly aren’t looking good for the Red Wings right now. If Ericsson has to miss time, that puts their iffy defense in an even bigger bind.

  1. wingsfan05 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    The ball is in your court Mr. Holland. This lackluster defense is on you. And it may be only one game but you need to fix it. Now.

    • wills19 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      There has been a lot of rumors through the summer about them acquiring a top D, now it is only rumors, but rumors start somewhere and I can see Holland doing something with this team and I hope he does it only it makes sense and I hope it is sooner rather than later.

      • wills19 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        *if

      • eastcoastwingette - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

        Having the Ilitches as owners is our saving grace. They want to win, and actually care about and understand the mentality of Detroit(/Michigan). I can’t believe they’d let the Red Wings spiral out of control.

        That being said, how on earth are we supposed to acquire this mythical top D? Look at what we have to offer, plus the fact a majority of teams seem to think they’re our greatest rival and don’t want to trade with us in the first place. We’re stacked at forward for a reason right now, I’ll give you that. But the 3 we’d have to depart with for a top-notch D-man (off the top of my head: Franzen, Helm/Abby/Miller and a high-end prospect for a #2 defenseman and maybe a 2nd rounder plus a random 3rd or AHL guy)… That’s not too pretty.

        No reason to hit the panic button just yet, but I think we need to get used to being a little nervous. This team is still trying to figure out its identity it’s not going to be easy.

  2. buff80 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    This team and its building are down this yr. great history but he Joe is a dump

    • hockinj25 - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Clearly you know nothing about tradition.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    It’s only been one week since he’s actually been allowed to anything due the CBA, wings fans don’t worry, you know something will happen.

  4. redwingsfan999 - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    If the team doesn’t wake up holland will do something

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Ericsson is the “iffy” part of the defense.

    • polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Not even iffy… he’s a big guy on skates who occasionally and almost accidently gets in the way.

      Sorry to sound so negative fellow Wings Fans… but we’ve watched this coming for 3 years. How do those charged with building… totally blow it?

      Let’s GO RED WINGS!!! From the TOP to the BOTTOM.

  6. hdmet78 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Wait – so you’re telling me that stocking up on Toronto rejects like Ian White and Carlo Coliacavo wasn’t a good strategy?

    • polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Not saying that… but congrats to those players for trading up…

    • eastcoastwingette - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      Kenny’s Lucky 8 Ball read “yes” on both shakes.

      I do believe we’ve learned our lesson.

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