Reports out of Detroit on Sunday are that the Red Wings have lost another key player to injury.
Niklas Kronwall sprained the MCL in his left knee in an open-ice collision with Georges Laraque in Montreal on Saturday, and will reportedly miss the next four to eight weeks.
This news hits the Wings at a terrible time, as they have a busy schedule against good offensive teams coming up. This week, Detroit travels to Nashville on Monday before hosting high-scoring Atlanta on Wednesday and Calgary on Friday. The Predators sit just one point behind the Wings for third in the Central Division entering Monday night’s contest.
Kronwall, 28, is arguably Detroit’s most physical player. He has scored 13 points (5 G, 8 A) through Saturday’s game.
Kronwall joins Johan Franzen, Jason Williams and Valterri Filppula on the bench for the Wings.