Detroit Red Wings in trouble with 5 injured centers
On Tuesday at Columbus Cory Emmerton will be playing as Joakim Andersson has not been cleared to play the game. The decision was made on Monday.
Andersson was withheld from the game because of his injury. X rays done showed that he had sustained a fracture in his left foot and will not be able to play. He sustained the injury on Sunday versus the New York Rangers during the second period when he blocked a shot. Although at that time Andersson thought that the injury was not serious, later tests showed that it was actually a fracture.
Andersson said that he felt the injury take its toll during the third period and when morning came he had an X ray done and it showed he had fracture.
"I didn't shake it off," he said. "It was still hurting in the third period, so this morning, we did an X-ray and a CT scan, and on the CT scan, it showed that it was broken."
Because of the fracture, Andersson will be out for at least a handful of games. And the fracture will take a minimum of a couple of weeks to heal and then there will be the coach’s decision whether he has recovered sufficiently to step back on the ice or needs to heal more or if he needs to polish his game. All that means that Andersson will be off the ice for some time now and doesn’t like that fact.
"It's no fun," Andersson said. "We already had a lot of centermen hurt. It's a bad position, I guess."
Apart from Andersson, the Red Wings have Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and Stephen Weiss as injured centers.
Helm has been deemed out of games as he had a bout of headaches last week that were related to concussions. Zetterberg has underwent a back surgery last month and his recovery time has been estimated to last till April. Datsyuk will not be playing either owing to an inflamed knee which has been a problem since December and he has decided to rest it in hopes it will get better.