Originally posted on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 5/3/13
The Detroit Red Wings, despite pulling out a gutsy overtime win to even the series in Anaheim, suffered a potentially crushing loss on the blue line in the process. Danny DeKeyser, a rookie defenseman who had managed to stabilize Detroit’s back end since March, went down with a broken thumb and is now out for the playoffs. Considering what DeKeyser had done for the Red Wings with his solid defense and excellent puck moving skills, the loss cannot be understated. As any experienced coach or player would admit, though, overcoming injuries is an essential part of surviving the Stanley Cup playoffs. In a battering sport like hockey whose playoffs lasts from April to June, chances are, someone important will either be hobbled or lost completely. Championship teams always have the pieces to rebound  and overcome such trouble, and someone unexpected always manages to step up. The Red Wings certainly aren’t lacking capable bodies to fill in during DeKeyser’s absence. On the sidelines ready to go is a nice mix of size with 6’3″ Brian Lashoff, experience with 31 year old Carlo Colaiacovo and some proven offensive punch in the playoffs with Ian White, who has 10 points in 22 career postseason games. It could be argued from a personnel standpoint that given the amount of bodies that could fill in, the one place Detroit could successfully endure an injury was on the defensive end. None of Lashoff, Colaiacovo or White should be considered a major answer, but it’s possible for all to play a clutch role during the rest of Detroit’s playoff run. Lashoff played exceptionally to start the season as a rookie, and is probably the Red Wings’ best option to log extended quality time on the back of the defensive end. For a bit of offense and a capable power play performer, White could be the next option. Neither of the two will provide the kind of difference making, puck moving play that DeKeyser has, but in a bit role, any of the three could certainly compensate in the lineup. No matter who fills in, bet on Colaiacovo, Lashoff or White to hustle when given their opportunity. Seeing action in the Stanley Cup playoffs is a point of pride for role players, so there won’t be a drop off in effort when any are asked to step in. Losing DeKeyser certainly hurts, but it’s comforting to know the Red Wings have a nice mix of defenders ready to step in. Someone will have to step up now. Best Play In Anaheim: Valtteri Filppula sets up Gustav Nyquist for beautiful overtime goal. With some slick stick work, Filppula helped tie the series, as he dangled around the Ducks and fed a backhanded pass to Nyquist, who easily beat Jonas Hiller. The slick moves of both Filppula and Nyquist were beautiful to watch, and the Red Wings looked potent on the power play in game two in space. What Must Change In Detroit: Focus. During the first two games in Anaheim, the Red Wings seemed to lose focus and interest at times. This happened worst in game two, where Detroit managed to cough up a 4-1 lead in the third period and barely limped into overtime. In game one, the Red Wings played Anaheim close after quickly tying the game, but a temporary lapse allowed the Ducks to take the lead. The Red Wings have played decently in the series, but lapses have cost the team. If there’s a cleaner effort at home, the Red Wings will be in business. Stat To Watch: Giveaways. In a game one loss, the Red Wings had 13 giveaways to Anaheim’s five, which was the difference in a 3-1 loss. In game two, Detroit got started fast thanks to a few Duck turnovers and survived late. Anahiem finished the night with 11 turnovers to Detroit’s five, certainly giving fans an interesting stat to watch for both upcoming games at Joe Louis Arena. Max DeMara is a senior editor at The Detroit Sports Site. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Philip Rivers used silent count at home on Monday night

SEC commissioner responds to Arkansas coach’s flop during Saturday’s loss

Report: 49ers put Vernon Davis on the trade block

Wall to pay assistant coach $100 for every three-turnover game

Green fires back at critics, compares them to ‘bitter females’

The Islanders are wasting a roster spot on Eric Boulton


Ben Foster: PEDs I took to play Lance Armstrong 'definitely damaged' my body

Falcons ‘anticipate’ Julio Jones plays Thursday against Saints

Mets fan critically injured after fight with Dodgers fans

Belichick to Patriots: We’ll ‘win a lot of games’ playing like that

Report: Taylor could be out several weeks with MCL sprain

Richard Jefferson: Cavs 'are a little pissed off' after Finals

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Can any of the NFL's remaining undefeated teams go 16-0?

QUIZ: Every team Steve Spurrier played for, coached

What's changed, what hasn't: NBA's Southwest Division

DeAndre Hopkins on pace to shatter single-season target record

(Mis)handling David Price

Five fantasy things we learned from every NFL Week 5 game

Steve Spurrier: An American original

How the Royals cheated death

Citi Field gave Chase Utley chilly reception

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker