DETROIT – Danny DeKeyser is looking on the bright side of things.
And right now the bright side is he won’t have to have surgery to repair his separated left shoulder.
DeKeyser was back at Joe Louis Arena Thursday, with his left arm in a sling, two days after suffering the injury in the first period of the Wings’ 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.
“I’m resting it right now and maybe see in a few days or a week and see where it’s at and then decide on when to get going on rehab,” DeKeyser said. “I’ve never had a separated shoulder before so I didn’t know what it felt like, but I knew right away when it happened something was wrong. I wasn’t positive on what, but I was in a lot of pain.”
DeKeyser, who was placed on long-term injured reserve, will be sidelined 3-6 weeks.
“In a few more days I’ll hopefully take this sling off and see if I can start walking without it,” DeKeyser said. “Big relief I didn’t need surgery. That would have put me out a lot further than a month.
“You always hope for the short end on injuries so we’ll see when we get to that point after three to four weeks,” DeKeyser continued. “I’ll push it as hard as I can and get back as quick as possible without hurting it long term. So maybe I’ll be out like a month.”
DeKeyser was hit into the boards by Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist on just his second shift Tuesday and immediately skated to the bench. After sitting for a brief moment he went back to the locker room and never returned to the game.
Prior to the injury, DeKeyser had two goals and six assists in his last 10 games. He was also second amongst rookie defensemen with nine points, averaging close to 21 minutes a night.
“It’s a little bit of a setback for me,” DeKeyser said. “I’ll just have to work hard when I come back and get to playing the game I was playing and just back up to speed.”
DeKeyser will miss a minimum 10 games and 24 days. The earliest he could return would be Dec. 14 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It’s the second injury DeKeyser has suffered in his short time in Detroit.
Last season his playoffs were cut short after breaking his thumb in the second game of the Wings’ opening round series with Anaheim. He did return to play for Grand Rapids and helped lead them to the Calder Cup.
“Injuries happen sometime and I’ve been unfortunate to have two injuries happen to me in the last six months,” DeKeyser said. “It’s bit of a bummer. I’ll just have to strengthen up and get back next month.”