Various media outlets are reporting early Friday morning that the Detroit Red Wings have lost center Valterri Filppula for between six and eight weeks.
Filppula broke his right wrist in Thursday night’s shootout loss at Edmonton. He had five points (two goals, three assists) and was averaging 18:24 in ice time in ten games before the injury. Filppula was third among Detroit centers in average ice time, behind only Pavel Datysuk and Johan Franzen.
Detroit is now down two of their top centers, and were already dealing with summer losses of Marian Hossa and Jiri Hudler. The Red Wings loss to the Oilers on Thursday drops their season record to 4-4-3 (11 points), which ties them with Nashville and St. Louis for last place in the Central Division.
Yes, there are only five teams in the Central, and three are tied for last with 11 points (four behind the first place Blackhawks), but there’s just something about saying it that sounds so good.
The Detroit Red Wings are tied for last place in the division.