According to reports out of Detroit, Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock has confirmed that forward Dan Cleary will be out for a month with a separated shoulder. Cleary was injured Wednesday night in Detroit’s loss to St. Louis.
Cleary joins Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams and Niklas Kronwall on Detroit’s injury report.
Only Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datysuk have more points so far this season than Cleary, who had 16 before getting hurt.
Detroit is currently 14-11-5 (33 pts), putting them eight points behind the Blackhawks in the Central Division and in fourth place in the five-team division.
Niklas Kronwall sprained an MCL when he took a cheap shot from Montreal’s Georges Laroque on November 21 and is expected to be out until late December.
Jason Williams broke a fibula in early November and is expected to miss eight weeks. He is scheduled to return in early January.
Valterri Filppula broke his right wrist at the end of October expected to keep him out six to eight weeks. His cast was removed on Tuesday and he skated with the team that day. He is still scheduled to return by mid- to late-December.
Johan Franzen had surgery to repair torn ACL on October 16, beginning a six month recovery. The best-case scenario for Franzen is a return after the Olympics, but late-March might be more likely.