Adam Erne could be out the rest of the season for the Detroit Red Wings.
"He broke his hand blocking a shot," coach Jeff Blashill said Monday after the morning skate at Little Caesars Arena, where the Red Wings will play the Colorado Avalanche (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-D, ALT, NHL.TV). "I don't have an exact timeline yet, but it'll be a significant time. I'll have a better timeline tomorrow. But it could be the rest of the season."
The forward left a 4-3 shootout loss at the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at 14:51 of the third period when he blocked a shot from Senators defenseman Mike Reilly. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in 56 games for Detroit (15-47-5), which has lost its past five games (0-4-1) and 19 of 22 (3-17-2) while scoring one goal or fewer in nine of its past 15.
Forward Filip Zadina (lower body) and defenseman Danny DeKeyser (back) are on injured reserve, but forward Darren Helm took part in the optional skate and is expected to play after missing practice Sunday.
"I anticipate everybody being available but there's a couple of question marks that we're waiting for to get through warmups," Blashill said.