DETROIT - It's difficult enough to lose games but now the Red Wings are losing players at the same time.
Against the Tampa Bay Lightning last Tuesday, Darren Helm was upended by Nikita Nesterov, suffering a shoulder dislocation that will keep him out at least six weeks.
In Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, Alexey Marchenko was hit by Micheal Ferland at 13:58 of the second period and did not return.
Wings coach Jeff Blashill said he would know more Monday but that it looked like Marchenko is out for a little bit with an upper-body injury.
1. Losing streak: The losing streak has reached four games and the Wings are just 2-8-1 in their last 11 games.
Quotable: "I just think every game is a critical game. Every game is like a playoff game. As I said earlier today, we need results. That has to be from good process. We have no time to feel sorry for ourselves, we got no time for frustration to hit us, we have no time for lack of confidence, none of that should factor in at all. Let's pick ourselves up. We believe we're a good team. Let's go play like a good team." - Blashill
2. Anthony Mantha : At 7:59 of the third period, Mantha scored after circling around to the left of Calgary goaltender Chad Johnson and beating him short-side in the top shelf. It was Mantha's first goal of the season and tied the game at 2. It is also the first NHL goal Mantha has against a team other than the Montreal Canadiens.
Quotable: "Obviously it was a big turning goal but then we gave on right away and we were back to chasing for another goal. It feels great but I would rather get the win than the goal for sure."
3. Thomas Vanek : When Vanek went out with injury, the Wings were in the midst of a six-game winning streak and had scored 24 goals in the first seven games. Vanek missed 11 games with a hip injury but remained tied for second on the team with eight points. In his return, Vanek played 17:35 and had two shots on goal.
Quotable: "He's a really skilled player, really smart. He makes nice plays out there. Unfortunately he had a few chances but the puck didn't go in. That is why I am saying. We can't squeeze the stick that hard. We have to play a little looser. We know we can play hockey. We've been here before. The locker room didn't change much from last year. We just have to play." - Tomas Tatar