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Red Wings replace injured DeKeyser with Lashoff

May 3, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

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Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has been happier with his team’s defense (in the big picture) since adding some young blood, but that group took a big hit when it became clear that rookie Danny DeKeyser suffered a season-ending broken thumb. reports that Brian Lashoff will be his replacement.

It appears that Lashoff’s puck-moving skills are what prompted Babcock’s decision to use Lashoff rather than more experienced blueliners Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo.

“He’s smart, knows how to play and competes hard,” Babcock said. “He makes a good first pass and he’s a good penalty killer.”

While the rotations could change, Babcock said that he expects the 22-year-old to take DeKeyser’s spot alongside Jakub Kindl on Saturday.

You can watch Game 3 of the Red Wings-Anaheim Ducks first-round series starting at 7:30 pm ET on NBC Sports Network.

  1. eonbluekarma - May 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Sad loss. He was playing so well for such a young defender. Hopefully lashoff can improve on that -10 rating during regular season.

    • polegojim - May 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Yes… that’s exactly the fear.

      • bensawesomeness - May 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        White and Colaiacovo aren’t bad ‘backup’ guys to have in case Lashoff doesn’t live up to par

      • polegojim - May 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        I agree… ‘aren’t bad’… but not good.

        All three are just slow to react to the puck with deficient make up speed. When they jump up for offense, it leaves the back door wide open.

  2. canadapackers - May 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Lashoff is a little slower than the others and isnt as good at pinching in at the other teams blueline – but more consistent in the D zone. It is a big loss especially the way that the Anaheim big line cycles – hope we can keep him off the ice when they are on – but it is what it is.

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