Jurco out 10-14 days with a rib injury; Pulkkinen set to make NHL debut Friday

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DETROIT >> Teemu Pulkkinen has finally earned himself some ice time with the Detroit Red Wings.

The Finnish-born forward is scheduled to make his NHL debut Friday against the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.

He’ll replace Tomas Jurco in the lineup.

Jurco is suffering from a rib injury that occurred in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at Columbus. According to Wings general manager Ken Holland he’ll miss 10-14 days and then be re-evaluated.

Pulkkinen leads Grand Rapids with 51 points (26 goals) in 60 games this season, taking full advantage of being the ‘go-to player’ with the departures of the likes of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Juro and Riley Sheahan.

“He’s got a very dangerous shot and he’s got a lot of confidence to shoot the puck,” said Jiri Fischer, who’s the Wings’ director of player development. “Off the rush, he’s not afraid to challenge defensemen one-on-one. He just wants to…

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