DETROIT – It’s beginning to look a lot like last season all over again for Wings backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
Detroit’s backup netminder suffered a groin injury in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.
The injury occurred after Gustavsson tried to go post-to-post to try and stop the Bruins’ first goal of the game with just a minute and four seconds left to go in the second period.
“A minimal of two weeks and then what do we say, day-to-day and then seven to 10 days before you start talking about playing him and then play in two weeks,” a dejected Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the game.
The original plan was for Gustavsson, who finished with 12 saves, to play the entire game according to Babcock.
Gustavsson pulled his groin after playing only 19 minutes of relief of Jimmy Howard in the season opener last year.
He appeared in just seven of the 48 games during the lockout-shortened year last season, making just four starts.
Gustavsson, 28, didn’t play over the final 27 games of the season, which included the playoffs.
“Howie plays 62 and (Gustavsson) plays 20,” Babcock said after the morning skate. “The idea is you know you can put him and he can win the game, not that you’re shying away from him. So back to backs, you can go to him.”
So far this preseason it’s been feast or famine offensively for the Wings.
Detroit has been shutout in two of its first four preseason games and scored a combined 12 goals in the other two.
“We just have to find a way to bang a few in,” Stephen Weiss said. “If you don’t score any goals it’s tough to win in this league and usually if you give up two it should still give you a solid chance to win. We just have to find a way to at least get it to overtime or a shootout.”
Just two nights ago Detroit beat Boston 8-2.
“We have to score some goals,” Weiss said. “We just weren’t able to get anything in the back of the net. We need to find ways to get dirty ones.
“We needed to find a way to get a few on our side tonight to at least make it a hockey game,” Weiss added.
Carl Soderberg scored both goals for the Bruins and goalie Chad Johnson stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Johnson came in with a .625 goals-against average in the preseason with a .625 save percentage.
The Wings, who are 2-2-0 this preseason, beat Pittsburgh in their preseason opener, 4-1, and were shutout by Chicago the very next night.
Detroit hosts the Blackhawks Sunday at 5 p.m.
It was the Wings’ first preseason game on home ice.
Boston opened the scoring with just over a minute left to play in the second period.
Chris Kelly fired a shot hard off the end boards to the right to Gustavsson and hit shot perfectly out front to Soderberg, who buried the rebound into the open net before the Wings netminder could get across to make the stop.
Then just 41 seconds into the third, Soderberg added his second of the game and second of the preseason.
The shot from point by Dennis Seidenberg was deflected in front of Mrazek and Soderberg pounced on the loose puck that lay in front of Bruins forward Brad Marchand to beat Petr Mrazek cleanly.
It was the first shot Mrazek, who made seven saves, faced coming on in relief of Gustavsson.
The first period was pretty lackluster with very few scoring chances generated by either team.
Todd Bertuzzi and Mike Moore got into scrap just past the midway point of the opening period.