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DeKeyser out 4-6 weeks for Red Wings with injury to left hand

Defenseman was hit by Stamkos slap shot in loss to Lightning @NHLdotcom

Danny DeKeyser will be out 4-6 weeks for the Detroit Red Wings with a left hand injury, coach Jeff Blashill said Wednesday.

The defenseman was injured in the second period of Detroit's 6-5 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday when he was hit in the hand by a slap shot from Lightning forward Steven Stamkos.

DeKeyser missed eight games earlier this season with a hand injury.

"I don't know that answer," Blashill said when asked if this injury was to the same hand.

The Detroit native has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 20 games and is third on the Red Wings in average ice time with 21:17.

"It's hard because Danny's shoes, they really can't be filled," defenseman Nick Jensen said. "He's a big-minute guy. It's going to be tough without him."

DeKeyser signed with the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent on March 29, 2013, after three seasons at Western Michigan. He has 106 points (25 goals, 81 assists) in 401 regular-season games and two points (one goal, one assist) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The Red Wings will also be without forward Anthony Mantha for 4-6 weeks because of a hand injury, the team announced Tuesday. He was injured during a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

Detroit (12-12-4) visits the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SNO, FS-D, NHL.TV).

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