The Detroit Red Wings made a handful of announcements regarding injuries on Monday. Any time you make a handful of injury announcements is a problem.
On the positive side of things, Tomas Jurco was re-called from his rehabilitation stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he had a goal and an assist – along with six penalty minutes – in two games played. He wore #13 in Grand Rapids with his old #28 having been taken by Matt Lorito this season.
Jurco will have a chance to slide into the Detroit lineup immediately in part due to an injury to Tyler Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi left Saturday’s matchup with the Montreal Canadiens with a high ankle sprain after a hit by Alexei Emelin. He’s expected to miss three- to five- weeks.
Both Bertuzzi and Smith were placed on the seven-day disabled list while Jurco came off long-term injured reserve. As of today, the Red Wings have seven players on various forms of IR: Andreas Athanasiou, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Joe Vitale, Alexey Marchenko, Jimmy Howard, Bertuzzi, and Smith, though neither Franzen or Vitale are expected to play this season.
The team will go with six defensemen for now, with no call-up planned to replace Smith.
Over the weekend, the Red Wings called up goalie Jared Coreau after Jimmy Howard left Friday’s win over the New Jersey Devils with a groin injury.