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Wings' DeKeyser: "I was in a lot of pain"

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Danny DeKeyser discussed his shoulder injury with the media Thursday. It's expected he'll be sidelined for 3-6 weeks. (Photo by Bill Roose/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT Danny DeKeyser will likely be out of the Red Wings’ lineup for 3-6 weeks with a separated shoulder – that’s between 10 and 19 games the rookie defenseman will likely miss. But he doesn’t count on missing Thanksgiving dinner.

“It’s my left arm so at least I’ll still get to eat some turkey,” said DeKeyser, with his arm in a sling as he spoke to media outside the Wings’ locker room Thursday morning.

DeKeyser, who has played in 33 NHL games, has suffered as many serious injuries as he’s scored goals since signing with the Red Wings last April.

“Injuries happen sometime and I’ve been unfortunate to have two injuries happen to me in the last six months,” DeKeyser said. “It’s bit of a bummer. I’ll just have to strengthen up and get back next month.”

DeKeyser needed surgery to fix a fractured right thumb sustained in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against Anaheim. He missed the rest of the playoffs. He committed himself to getting stronger over the summer, which wasn’t lost of the team’s coaching staff which has referred to DeKeyser as the Wings’ best defenseman this season.

That’s what makes this injury even more frustrating for the former two-time CCHA defenseman of the year. He has two goals and nine points in 22 games.

“It’s a little bit of a setback for me,” DeKeyser said. “I’ll just have to work hard when I come back and get to playing the game I was playing and just back up to speed.”

DeKeyser hope to be out of the sling next week, but will continue to ice the shoulder to hold down the swelling.

“Big relief I didn’t need surgery,” he said. “That would have put me out a lot further than a month.”

The instant he was slammed into the end boards by Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist in the first period of Tuesday’s game, DeKeyser knew something was alarmingly wrong.

“I knew right away when I got hit, a lot of pain, I’ve never separated a shoulder before so I didn’t know what it felt like,” he said. “All I know is that I was in a lot of pain.”

Some of the Red Wings' players, including (L-R) Stephen Weiss, Mikael Samuelsson and Jimmy Howard,
attended a benefit for Matt Sorisho this week in Plymouth. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

HELPING WINGS: Several Red Wings players and coach Mike Babcock attended a fundraiser for Matt Sorisho, the high school senior who suffered life-changing injuries as the result of an accident while playing hockey last month.

The event was held on the covered ice at Compuware Arena in Plymouth and attended by approximately 800 well-wishers, who bid on several unique items, including some from the Red Wings.

“The Matt Sorisho night last night was spectacular in raising funds for him and it’s great to see the hockey community join together,” Babcock said. “All the volunteers, all the preparation and the teams getting involved to help a kid whose family is going to go through a tough time and because of a serious back incident. So thanks very much to everyone who was involved.”

ROUGH RIDING IT: A diehard fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Babcock all but guaranteed that the Canadian Football League team will win its fourth Grey Cup championship this Sunday.

“No chance,” said Babcock when asked if Hamilton had a shot at defeated the Roughriders.

“Do you know the rally that’s going on in Saskatchewan? Saskatchewan Roughriders – I just have to beat the drum here for a second – sell more memorabilia than any team, the total teams in the CFL. At my lake home in the summer when the Riders play the lake shuts down. You’re not allowed on it. You don’t want to make noise for the team. You have to be dialed in. No, it’s a big deal for our province and part of the reason is we don’t have a whole bunch going on besides deer hunting. The province is booming because of oil and gas, but the reality is the Riders are a huge deal and I know my whole family is dialed in and on their way.”

According to CTV, the Roughriders are 5 ½ point favorites to win the 101st Grey Cup.

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