Brendan Smith sidelined 1-2 weeks with slight shoulder separation

Defenseman Brendan Smith will be sidelined one to two weeks with a slight shoulder separation.

The injury occurred in a fight with Edmonton’s Will Acton with 41 seconds left in the Wings’ 5-0 win over the Oilers.

“He was very sore today,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We think it’s a minimum week.”

Smith was placed on short-term injured reserve and Adam Almquist was recalled from Grand Rapids. He’ll make his NHL debut Monday in Winnipeg.

“He can move the puck,” Holland said of Almquist, who’s out of options after this season. “He’s not a big guy and has learned how to position himself defensively at the American League level. It’s an opportunity for us to see what one of your young players can do.”

Xavier Ouellet had been the guy called up when another blue liner was needed.

“He was an important part of Grand Rapids’ run to the Calder Cup last year,” Holland said. “He played in the top four and quarterbacked the power play. There’s a chance he could be on our second power-play unit. We think he gives us the best chance to win tomorrow night.”

Detroit is already missing Jonathan Ericsson with a separated shoulder. He’s not eligible to come off long-term injured reserve until Nov. 15.

“We’re happy with Ouellet, we’re happy with Almquist,” Holland said.


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