Three more players can be added the Wings’ list of walking wounded, but one will return to the lineup after being sidelined for over a year.
– Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is questionable for Monday’s game in Columbus with a shoulder injury.
– Forward Jan Mursak will miss a few weeks with a collar bone/SC join injury.
– Goalie Jonas Gustavsson will be out the next couple of games with a tender groin.
– Forward Patrick Eaves will play his first game since suffering a broken jaw and concussion on Nov. 26, 2011.
Ericsson stepped on a puck on the last drill of practice Sunday and went shoulder first into the boards.
“I went in pretty hard,” Ericsson said. “I’m just feeling a little banged up. I just feel like I’ve been hit by a train right now, but other than that it’s good. It should hopefully be fine.”
Mursak’s injury occurred on a hit by the Blues’ David Backes on his first shift of the game.
“Backes just lost the puck a little bit, so I turned around and didn’t want to go back in our zone, so I cleared it out and right when I cleared it out he pushed me, he hit me from the side and I kind of awkwardly fell into the boards with the shoulder down,” Mursak told reporters in Columbus. “I still finished the period, took an X-ray, got ready and played the second period and once they got the results of an X-ray, they said I can’t play.
“It’s not fun but trying to stay positive,” added Mursak, who’s likely heading to the injured reserve list.
For Mursak it’s just another setback as he continues to try and find regular playing time.
He broke his left ankle in a preseason game last season and was sidelined for close to two months.
Gustavsson’s groin injury is annual thing according to the Wings’ backup goalie. He began feeling soreness during camp, but it went away.
“I don’t know exactly why, but usually when camp starts I can feel it a little bit,” Gustavsson said. “Doesn’t really matter how much I’ve been practicing and working out before, it seems to happen early in the early in the year and then usually it’s been fine. In the past, it hasn’t been that I’ve been out a few weeks, it’s been a couple of days. Hopefully, this will pass quick, too.”
Gustavsson relieved Jimmy Howard in the 6-0 loss to the Blues, allowing one goal on eight shots.
The Wings recalled Tomas McCollum to backup Howard the next two games.
Eaves was cleared to return Thursday, but was a healthy scratch in the opener.
Todd Bertuzzi (mono), Darren Helm (back) and Jakub Kindl (groin) are also sidelined.
Kindl and Helm look as if they’ll be ready to play Friday against the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena. Bertuzzi will see doctors Tuesday to have tests done.