Andreas Athanasiou will not play for the Detroit Red Wings against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, NBCSCA, NHL.TV) because of a lower-body injury, and coach Jeff Blashill said the 25-year-old forward could be out for 2-3 weeks.
"He'll be out for a little bit," Blashill said. "I don't have an exact answer [how long], but two weeks, three weeks."
Athanasiou had an assist in Detroit's 2-1 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. He has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) and an NHL-worst minus-35 rating in 36 games this season after finishing with NHL career highs in goals (30) and points (54) last season. The fourth-round pick (No. 110) by the Red Wings in the 2012 NHL Draft has 149 points (78 goals, 71 assists) in 284 games, all with Detroit.
The Red Wings recalled forward Givani Smith from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.