Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By ART REGNER  |  Last updated 10/22/13
DETROIT - Just when it appeared that the Red Wings were going to catch a break, they suffered another injury setback. Niklas Kronwall was cleared to play Wednesday night against Ottawa. But now defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will miss a minimum of two weeks with a left shoulder subluxation. Ericsson, who was placed on short term IR, injured his shoulder in the third period Saturday night in Phoenix when he collided with a Coyotes player. It felt bad right away, Ericsson said. After the game it was evaluated and it felt a lot better, but the next day it was a lot worse again. Its been pretty much the same yesterday and today. Surgery has been ruled out and according to Ericsson, hell rehab the shoulder and hope that it will respond to treatment. When asked what the official diagnoses is called, Ericsson couldnt remember. I got the word like 10 minutes ago, but I forgot about it, Ericsson said. Its about a dislocation, but its a different word. I forgot what it is. Subluxation is the correct medical term for his injury, but the stark reality is; the Wings have lost a veteran defenseman on a unit that is extremely thin on experience. Theres no question were deeper on the back end, Wings coach Mike Babcock said. We had 500 games in league dressed or something like that last night. Stewie (Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart) probably had a thousand himself. When you go through it all, it not like were experienced, but we have players knocking on the door that are going to be NHL players. That doesnt mean that theyre going to win cups, though. Detroits young blue line corps played well against the league-leading Sharks on Monday. But with Kronwall back, the Wings sent rookie Xavier Ouellet back to Grand Rapids, leaving Detroit with six healthy defenseman. Babcock amused himself when he explained that he wasnt trying to mislead the media on Monday about Ericssons injury. He said that Ericssons MRI was pushed back because of the birth of Ericssons daughter, Liv. When I talked to you yesterday, cause I get the sense that you (media) feel that I didnt tell you truth, he was having a baby, Babcock said. When I talk to you today, he had an MRI and he has a shoulder problem. Im glad I cleared that all up. I feel way better about myself. After joking around a bit with the media, Babcock offered a serious assessment of where he believes the Red Wings team and organization are at 10 games into the NHL season. We have to find a way to play our team so we can have success on a nightly basis, Babcock said. Were going to continue to have change. As much as we got off to a fairly good start, were a team in flux. Were trying to find out whom we are and how were going to play. Thats still a work in progress. You need high, high end players and we feel were going in the right direction again. After 09 we thought we were going in the wrong direction as far as having a chance to win. Another Helm setback? Often injured Red Wing center, Darren Helm, left the ice before practice began on Tuesday with an apparent groin injury. Helm, who was scheduled to make his season debut against the Rangers on Saturday, may once again be lost to the Red Wings for an undetermined period of time. Hes got a groin thats been bothering him, Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. He felt it Friday in Grand Rapids, played on Saturday. He told me Sunday it wont be an issue. It bothered him in practice Monday and he felt it again today, so the trainers told him to get off the ice. Were sending him for pictures later this afternoon to see if there is a tear. We dont think so (there is a tear). Its precautionary. It appears he wont be ready to go Saturday. If he cant practice he cant play Saturday. We believe its a nagging groin injury. Its the opposite groin to the one he had in September. Wings coach Mike Babcock just rolled his eyes and said, I dont know, when asked about Helms status. Ericsson honors Stefan Liv Ericsson became emotional when he talked about the birth of his daughter Liv, who was born Monday morning. Ericsson named his daughter after ex-Wings teammate and friend Stefan Liv, who perished a little over two years ago in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash, when Liv was a member of that KHL team. We (Ericsson and fianc, Evelina) liked the name, but also we have a history with our very good friend Stefan Liv, Ericsson said as his voiced quivered. Its kind of to honor him too. He was a really good friend; a guy that I really respected a lot ... it kind of came natural.
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