An Off-season Injury Update for The Detroit Red Wings


Apr 18, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) and Detroit Red Wings left wing Drew Miller (20) fight to control the puck during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This season injury hurt the Detroit Red Wings, and heading into the playoffs they were injured on defense and offense. In the first round against Tampa Bay the Red Wings were down Justin Abdelkader in two games due to a hand injury. They also lost Marek Zidlicky in game seven with a concussion.

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The days following the Red Wings game seven loss, more injuries came to light from players themselves or from general manager Ken Hollad in a press conference. There seemed to be more injuries than thought and could explain some of the play from certain players the playoffs.

Kyle Quincey who played in 5 games in the Tampa Bay series is having surgery this off-season to remove bone chips from his ankle. Quincey has been dealing with this injury throughout the season. Quincey hopes that it will result in him being much better next season.

Tomas Tatar posted an interesting photo on his Instagram that made some wonder if he was having surgery.

Putting his caption into a google translator, it comes out rough to something about a straight jacket and then he makes a joke about his hair. Yet, you can see he has ear plugs in which is a good indication that he more than likely just getting an MRI. He is also playing at the World Championships in the Czech Republic for Slovakia so he is clearly fine.

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Holland also told the media that Pavel Datsyuk was hurt throughout the playoffs. Datsyuk was playing with a bone bruise on his ankle. Datsyuk played in all seven games in the series against the Lightning. He had a not Datsyuk like series but did net 3 goals and 2 assists on 17 shots on goal. This bone bruise was an injury that carried over from the regular season for the veteran center.

Jonathan Ericsson managed to play the entire series with a broken left toe. He broke it the day before the playoffs started on what he called a “fluke accident in warm-ups”. He apparently hit his foot on something hard and broke his toe. This caused Ericsson to play in the games but not practice as much.

Another defencemen who dealt with injury was Marek Zidlicky. He played in all but one game in the series. That one game he missed though was game seven and could have been a huge help with the team being down Niklas Kronwall due to suspension.

Injuries hurt this team throughout the season. Yet with injury we also got to see some young players fill in and prove they could play with the big club. Hopefully the off-season bodes well for players who will need surgery, or those who just need some rest before the new season starts.

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