Ericsson had surgery on the middle finger of his left hand Wednesday and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. He broke his finger and partially tore a tendon in it during Tuesday night's win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Red Wings called up defenceman Adam Almquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Red Wings will probably have to earn one of two wild-card bids in the Eastern Conference to extend their post-season streak to 23 seasons. They were fourth in the wild-card standings entering play Wednesday.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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