Ericsson out 10 days to two weeks with a broken finger

DETROIT >> Another game, another player lost to injury for the Detroit Red Wings.

Jonathan Ericsson broke a finger late in the third period of Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It’s the sixth consecutive game the Wings have lost a player to injury.

“(Wednesday) there’s a chance he could have surgery, which would speed up the process,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We might pin it.”

Jonas Gustavsson (groin) began the long list of injuries after leading the team to a win over the New Jersey Devils on March. 4. That was followed by Joakim Andersson (broken foot, March 9 against the New York Rangers), Tomas Jurco (broken rib, March 11 against Columbus), Todd Bertuzzi (lower-body injury, March 14 against Edmonton) and Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration, Sunday against Chicago.

Ericsson is seeing Dr. Plagens, a hand specialist.

“It’s the top of a finger, I don’t know which one,” Holland said. “They put a screw in to keep everything in line and then it would be when he can handle pain.

“I would say to you right now he’s out minimum of 10 days to two weeks,” Holland continued. “Sometime in the 10 days to two weeks we’ll see if he can handle some. It’s all about the pain threshold.”

Ericsson has missed 20 games total already this season. First he was out 10 games due to a shoulder injury and then he was out another 10 with broken ribs.

Brendan Smith, who was moved up to play win on the fourth line Tuesday, will drop back to defense.

The team is also without Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Daren Helm (concussion), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Bertuzzi did return Tuesday after missing one game.


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