Wings lose Andersson to broken foot as they prepare for one of the most imporant games of the season

DETROIT >> In desperate need of a center at the trade deadline the Detroit Red Wings went out and got one.

Well, the Wings are desperate again after learning that Joakim Andersson will miss up to two weeks with a broken left foot.

“They said a couple of weeks, we’ll see how it heals,” Andersson said. “It’s not fun. We already have a lot of centers hurt so it’s no fun.”

Andersson was in a walking boot in the locker room.

The list of injured centers just keeps growing and growing for the Wings.

Andersson is added to the list that already includes Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Darren Helm (concussion-like headaches) and Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery).

Datsyuk is out at least another couple of weeks and the earliest Zetterberg will return is the first round of the playoffs.

Helm was to start off ice training this week and hopes to get on the ice by the end of the week.

There has been no other update on Weiss since he suffered a setback last week after a practice.

The injured to Andersson occurred when he blocked a shot on the penalty kill in the second period against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

“I felt it hurt,” Andersson said. “I’ve had shots on the feet before, but never broke it. I didn’t know. I felt it in the third period. I didn’t know it was broken.

“It didn’t really swell,” Andersson continued. “I looked at it (Monday morning) and it wasn’t swollen so I was happy about that. I usually shake if off after about five minutes, but I didn’t shake it off, it was still hurting in the third period.”

There was no word from the Wings if anyone would be called up from Grand Rapids. If there is it’ll likely by Cory Emmerton, who has 14 goals and 21 assists in 43 games with the Griffins this season.

Andersson missed six games earlier this season due to a hip flexor.

“(Center) is a bad position I guess,” Andersson said. “I wear those shot blockers so I thought I was good. It hit a bad spot I guess.”

The injury could not have come at a worse time for the Wings, who are battling to make the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

Heading into play Monday, Detroit and Columbus both have 71 points, but the Blue Jackets, who host the Wings Tuesday, hold the tiebreaker with the most regulation wins.

“Big game for us, but we’ve got lots of big games so it’s a good opportunity for us,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We weren’t pleased, I wasn’t pleased with the way we played (Sunday). I think we’ve played real well, we need to bounce back.”

Columbus is at Dallas later tonight.

“It’s going to be a huge game for us, they’ve got good goaltending,” Babcock said. “(Sergei) Bobrovsky’s not playing for them tonight, he’s waiting for us, so we’re going to have to get to him. We never got to (Henrik) Lundqvist (Sunday), we were too easy in the offensive zone so that’s got to be a priority. There should be some fresh guys, we went light (Monday) and we have lots of guys the day off so we should be ready to go (Tuesday).”


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