Rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser’s season appears to be over.
DeKeyser suffered a broken right thumb and left the arena Thursday night with a cast on his right hand.
The injury occurred midway through the third period.
“He’s probably done for the year, broke his thumb,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the game. “That’s a big blow for us.”
DeKeyser, 22, made a seamless transition from college to the NHL and helped propel the Wings to the postseason.
After making his NHL debut on April 5 in Colorado he never left the lineup while veterans Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo and rookies Brendan Smith and Brian Lashoff battled to remain or even get in the lineup.
Babcock said before the playoffs that signing DeKeyser was the reason the Wings reached the playoffs for a 22nd consecutive season.
“He’s a kid, don’t get me wrong, but he’s a good player, so that’s a big blow for our team,” Babcock said. “But there are other guys that have been working hard, Lash, Colaiacovo have been working like crazy, trying to get back in the lineup. One of them will be in.”