Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves is to have surgery on his broken jaw, sidelining him through mid-January.
General manager Ken Holland said this afternoon he expects Eaves to miss 6-to-8 weeks, though "we'll know more after he's had the surgery. But Danny Cleary had a broken jaw, Brad Stuart, and that's about the time they missed."
Eaves was injured during Saturday's 4-1 victory over Nashville when he was struck by a puck.
Holland said the Wings aren't planning any personnel moves right away, as they don't play again until Wednesday, when they host Tampa Bay, and still have 12 healthy forwards. Eaves wasn't a regular in the rotation - Saturday was just his 10th game of the season, as he's had a hard time cracking the lineup.
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