DETROIT, Mich. -- A sad, knowing look crossed the faces of Danny Cleary and Brad Stuart as they spoke about injured teammate Patrick Eaves after Monday's practice.
Eaves suffered a fractured jaw when Nashville rookie defenseman Roman Josi's shot struck him on his right ear in Saturday's game.
The Wings said Eaves was scheduled for surgery Monday night. Doctors were to decide once they started whether Eaves would have to have his jaw completely wired shut or if he might be able to have the elastic closures that allow for a little movement.
Cleary took a puck to his jaw on Feb. 9, 2008, when then-teammate Mikael Samuelsson's shot hit him, causing a non-displaced fracture.
"As bad as it looks, the pain comes and goes very fast. I don't know if that makes any sense to you," Cleary said. "The worst part for me was being able to put my tongue through the separated teeth -- my jaw was pushed in and the other part was out.
"It just felt really weird. Patty, his is a little bit higher ...