Cleary, Kronwall and Howard all played hurt; DeKeyser could have returned next round

DETROIT – “Everybody is banged up this time of year.”

And that indeed was the case with a few of the Detroit Red Wings.

“All teams have banged up players this time of year,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview. “It’s a lot of hockey.”

The most significant injury of the bunch was Valtteri Filppula, who’ll be in a cast for 2-3 weeks and will need 6-8 weeks to heal, from a high-ankle sprain he suffered trying to get off the ice after his second shift of Game 7, Wednesday night in Chicago.

Filppula got tied up with the Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw near the Wings’ bench and wound up on the ice and needed to be helped back to the dressing room.

He left the United Center with his left leg in an immobilizer.

Shaw first crosschecked Henrik Zetterberg and then Daniel Cleary tried to grab him while on the bench.

Shaw appeared to have slew-footed Filppula after a crosscheck to bring him to the ice awkwardly. The Blackhawks forward wasn’t penalized on the play.

Filppula can become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

“We made him an offer in August and September,” Holland said. “I’m sure we’ll talk more.”

Here is the rest of the walking wounded that didn’t miss any of the Wings’ 14 games this postseason.

— Daniel Cleary: He suffered a second-degree separation of the left shoulder and a fractured left finger in Game 5 against Anaheim on hit by Daniel Winnik.

— Niklas Kronwall: He hurt his right hand against Anaheim and then suffered injured right shoulder on a hit by Chicago’s Bryan Bickell in Game 5.

— Jimmy Howard: He suffered a pulled hamstring in the Anaheim series.

Had the Wings advanced they probably would have gotten defenseman Danny DeKeyser back from a broken right thumb he suffered in Game 2 against Anaheim.

DeKeyser, who had surgery on May 7, was set to get cleared on Tuesday and could have returned as early as Game 3 in the series.


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