Some welcome updates from the Detroit News…
The news on Jonathan Ericsson was as good as could be expected for the Wings.
Tests revealed a deep bone bruise on his left knee and in his calf muscle, but no structural damage.
“What I’ve been told is that he’ll be out a minimum of two weeks, but we will know a lot more in a week or so,” general manager Ken Holland said.
No structural damage is good…well…as good as can be expected.
Holland said the Wings will recall Doug Janik from Grand Rapids to replace Ericsson.
“Janik has the ability to kill penalties, and Jonathan Ericsson was eating up a lot of minutes on our penalty-kill,” Holland said. “We needed a guy with the same ability to eat up those minutes.”
Janik, who has played in one game with the Wings this season, had 15 points and a plus-10 rating in Grand Rapids.
Janik looked solid in the one game that he did play. I have to admit, the veteran looked a lot more comfortable than young Jakub Kind, which could be expected.
And for the best news…
Darren Helm, who has a strained tendon in his wrist, will be evaluated again Wednesday. He could play Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Helm on the night of the Ugly Sweater? What could be better?