Colin White is expected to be out 3-5 weeks for the Ottawa Senators with a groin/hip flexor injury.
General manager Pierre Dorion said Wednesday that White had been trying to play through the injury. The 22-year-old forward has two points (one goal, one assist) in eight games.
"First I heard of [the injury] was [at] Arizona (Oct. 19)," coach D.J. Smith said. "He tweaked it going over the boards and then took a couple hard strides. As you know, in a game, when you're warm, it doesn't hurt as much. Then he played [Monday in Dallas], and then certainly it got worse."
Forward Artem Anisimov also is expected to miss 1-2 weeks because of a lower-body injury. He has one goal in five games.
Ottawa is on a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) entering its game against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, RDS2, FS-D+, NHL.TV) and will be without its top two centers.
"When you say you're in a rebuild and you're starting with a bunch of young guys and then a couple of your main cogs get hurt, you're relying a lot on some guys that were maybe depth guys to start the year," Smith said. "But in saying that, everyone sits in their stall and says, 'Why not me? Give me my chance.' So here's your chance. If you want to play all the minutes, you have to prove that you deserve them. Now's a perfect time for some guys to say, 'Hey, look at me. Look what I can do.' And also for guys coming up from the minors, this is their opportunity to say, 'I deserve a shot.' Everyone wants to play all the minutes, and I think this is a perfect opportunity for our team."
The Senators recalled forwards Logan Brownand J.C. Beaudin from Belleville of the American Hockey League, and each is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.
Brown, the No. 11 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, has one assist in six NHL games and will make his season debut. The 21-year-old has seven points (three goals, four assists) in five games, tied with forward Drake Batherson for most on Belleville.
Beaudin, 22, will make his NHL debut. He has no points in two games with Belleville.