Abdelkader latest injured Wing; Ferraro recalled on an emergency basis

DETROIT >> The list of injured Detroit Red Wings just continues to grow and grow and grow.

The latest to be added is Justin Abdelkader, who suffered a lower-body injury in the third period of Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“We’re hoping he’s ready to go (Tuesday) night,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “We’ll know (Tuesday) after the morning skate.”

Abdelkader didn’t play the final seven minutes Sunday.

Because of the latest injury, the Wings recalled center Landon Ferraro from Grand Rapids, on an emergency basis.

Ferraro, who’s an restricted free agent after this year, has 13 goals and 15 assists this season with the Griffins in 60 games.

He’s the fourth forward the Wings have had to recall on an emergency basis less than week. Cory Emmerton, Teemu Pulkkinen and Jordin Tootoo are the others and they still remain with the team.

Abdelkader is the 11th player that’s injured on the Wings’ roster, joining the likes of Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Joakim Andersson (broken foot), Todd Bertuzzi (lower body), Jonas Gustavsson (groin) Daren Helm (concussion), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Sunday also marked the fifth game in a row that the Wings have lost a player due to injury.

Bertuzzi will take part in the morning skate Tuesday to see if he’ll be able to play. He missed Sunday’s after suffering the injury Friday in a shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Holland said that they’ll assess where Datsyuk, Andersson and Jurco are at in a week to 10 days.

Gustavsson continues to practice with the team and is considered day-to-day.

Three other injured players – Helm, Weiss and Cleary – have all suffered setbacks.

“Helm, I think he’s had a bit of a setback,” Holland said. “Weiss, I think he’s going to get another opinion.”

Helm appeared as if he was on track to returning Tuesday, but left last Friday’s morning skate before the entire team took the ice.

Weiss was supposed to return from sports hernia surgery after the Olympic break, but right now it appears he could be lost for the rest of the season.

“During the Olympic break Dan tried to some things and tried to push himself real hard,” Holland said. “His knee reacted. He’s had some fluid on the knee. He hasn’t been able to skate. They’ve taken some fluid out of his knee a couple times over the last two weeks. I’m not sure if he’s ready to skate (Tuesday). I don’t know where he’s at.”


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