Conner out two weeks with a slight hand fracture

DETROIT — Chris Conner’s three-game point streak will have to put on hold.

Conner was placed on short-term injured reserve after suffering a slight hand fracture in Tuesday’s 4-1 win at Pittsburgh according to general manager Ken Holland.

Conner is expected to miss two weeks.

Holland also said another player is also suffering with a minor injury and might not be able to play tonight at Nashville. Holland would not say what other player is injured.

Because of that the Wings recalled forward Tomas Tatar from the Grand Rapids for precautionary reasons.

If that other inured player can play Tatar will rejoin the Griffins in Cleveland.

“We’ve got a player other than Conner that got hurt the other day,” Holland said. “We think he’ll play, but if he can’t we’ve got Tatar here as insurance.”

Cory Emmerton, who Conner has leapfrogged to become a regular in the lineup, will play tonight against the Predators.

Conner has a goal and two assists in his last three games playing on a line with Danny Cleary and Darren Helm.

Emmerton has been a healthy scratch in seven of the last eight games. The one game he did get in it wasn’t to replace Conner, but an injured Valtteri Filppula.

Unlike two other Grand Rapids Griffins that have been called up this season – Fabian Brunnstrom and Gustav Nyquist – Conner is playing during crucial situations, killing off penalties.

Conner, who was leading the Griffins in scoring when he was called up, is averaging just over 11 minutes of ice time a game.


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