Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader is the latest Red Wing to go down with injury according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. James writes that Abdelkader will be lost for the next two weeks due to do a laceration on his leg which he suffered during the Wings’ 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night.
Abdelkader’s injury now brings total number of wounded Wings to 11 (by far the most in the league) a list that includes Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm.
So with the seemingly insurmountable number of injuries, the Wings have been subjected to moving D Brendan Smith up to right wing to compensate for the losses. Mike Babcock also believes this gives the team the best chance to win at this point.
“With the amount of injuries we have, we feel that gives us the best opportunity. I talked to him yesterday afternoon and let him know.
Smith though says he hasn’t played forward since he was 16 which was a on a line with with John Tavares and Sam Gagner. Yet desperate times call for desperate measures. St. James though mentions that Smith will more than likely play on the fourth line also meaning he probably won’t get too much ice time.
Landon Ferraro also reportedly took part in the morning skate and will play if Bertuzzi (lower-body) can’t go tonight against the Maple Leafs.
Either way the Wings are in a tough spot with the season winding down and on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. You also never like to blame a team’s struggles on injuries… but damn.