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Ericsson hurt in first period against Canadiens

Wings said during intermission the veteran defenseman would not return

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

MONTREAL -- The Detroit Red Wings are back to losing their veteran defensemen.

Mike Green is already out for the rest of the season due to a recurrence of the virus that kept him out for the first nine games of the season.

During the first intermission, the Wings announced that Jonathan Ericsson had suffered a lower-body injury and would not return.

Ericsson played only six shifts for 2:46.

"Jonathan, it's a lower body," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I would assume he's out Thursday for sure. I would tell you it could be as little as a week, it could be more. So I'll know more on Thursday."

Blashill said Ericsson was not injured blocking Jonathan Drouin's shot at 12:04 of the first.

The Wings were left with Danny DeKeyser, rookie Filip Hronek, Niklas Kronwall, Trevor Daley and Luke Witkowski to finish the game on the blueline.

Madison Bowey did not play as a healthy scratch.

"Obviously Madison is healthy, so we'll see," Blashill said when asked about a possible call-up. "We'll discuss that on the plane on he way home and see. But we'll have Madison available to give us six."

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