DETROIT – A player suffering a broken jaw is nothing new to the Wings’ locker room.
Patrick Eaves is the latest casualty.
Eaves will have surgery Monday to repair his fractured jaw and is expected to be out six-to-eight weeks according to general manager Ken Holland.
Eaves was taken off on a stretcher after being hit on the right-side of his face with a puck off the stick of Nashville defenseman Roman Josi with 2:14 left in third period in the Wings’ 4-1 win over the Predators.
Eaves was conscious when he was taken off and was bleeding from his right ear.
Holland said he didn’t think Eaves ever lost consciousness.
“They did a CAT scan and everything else is OK,” Holland said. “When you get a direct blow to the head and there’s a helmet to soften the blow it’s not surprising he’s got a broken jaw. That’s bad enough, but the good news is there are no injuries beyond the broken jaw.”
Defenseman Brad Stuart broke his jaw last season when he was blindsided by Calgary’s Tom Kostopoulos.
In 2008, forward Danny Cleary suffered the same injury.
Both were given the six-to-eight week timetables to returning to the lineup.
Recently, defenseman Ian White returned from a fractured cheek bone that only sidelined him four games.
“If you think about it, what if it’s his jaw? I was out for seven weeks,” Cleary said after White got injured. “It’s terrible. You don’t want a broken jaw, ever.”
Holland said he’s going to talk to coach Mike Babcock before deciding what to do with the open spot on the roster. The Wings have 12 healthy forwards after assigning Fabian Brunnstrom, whose wife is expecting the birth of their first child any day now, back to Grand Rapids on Sunday.
Cory Emmerton was a healthy scratch Saturday.
“I’m not going to call up anybody from Grand Rapids just to have as an extra forward,” Holland said. “We’re also about a month away from (Jan) Mursak coming back. He’s started skating a little bit.”
Mursak broke his ankle on Sept. 25 and is expected back before or just after Christmas.
Holland expects him to ramp up his skating this week.
“It looks like he’s on schedule,” Holland said.