Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/18/14

DETROIT - JUNE 12: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings talks to the media after a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock gave the kid quite a compliment as the regular season closed, saying his team's 22nd consecutive appearance in the playoffs is in part due to the signing of Western Michigan's Danny DeKeyser in late March. Now the Red Wings will have to play the remainder of the postseason without the DeKeyser. The 23-year-old rookie defenseman broke a thumb in Thursday's 5-4 overtime victory in Anaheim. "He's done," coach Mike Babcock said of DeKeyser, who in his short time with the Wings has shown his ability to move the puck out of zone as well as anyone. The Western Conference quarterfinal series is tied at a game apiece. Game 3 is Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.
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