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Mursak joins growing infirmary

Forward to miss 2-3 weeks; Ericsson 'questionable' for Monday

Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 5:06 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Mursak joins growing infirmary
Forward Jan Mursak could miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained collarbone, which is suffered during the first period of Saturday's loss at st. Louis. (Photo by Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In less than 17 hours the number of walking wounded in the Red Wings infirmary may have doubled.

With Darren Helm (back), Todd Berutzzi (mononucleosis) and Jakub Kindl (groin) already taking up space in the trainers’ room, the trio was joined by forward Jan Mursak (collarbone) and goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) on Sunday.

Grand Rapids goalie Tom McCollum has been recalled to backup Jimmy Howard when the Red Wings play the Blue Jackets on Monday night.

To make matters potentially worse, the status of Jonathan Ericsson is unknown, after the Wings’ defenseman tumbled awkwardly into the end boards, injuring his right shoulder on the final practice drill at Nationwide Arena.

“Puck came across and when I was going to turn it came under my skate,” said Ericsson, of the freakish play. “I went in pretty hard. Just feel like I've been hit by a train right now, but other than that it's good.”

When asked if he'll play in Monday's game, Ericsson said, “I would say questionable right now.''

Mursak’s injury occurred on his first shift of the game Saturday when he collided with Blues forward David Backes. Mursak had an X-ray during the first intermission, and will undergo further scans once the team returns to Detroit on Tuesday. But general manager Ken Holland predicted that the Slovenian could miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained sternoclavicular (SC) joint.

Mursak continued to play, even skated a second-period shift – his fifth and final shift of the game – before the results of the X-ray came back.

“It's obviously not good but we don't know what's wrong yet,” said Mursak with his right arm in a sling. Backes just lost the puck a little bit, so I turned around and didn't want to go back in our zone, so I cleared it out and right when I cleared it out he pushed me. Hit me from the side and I kind of awkwardly fell into the boards with the shoulder down.”

Gustavsson said he’s been experiencing some soreness for a few days, though he was able to play through the discomfort of Saturday’s third period when he was sent in to replace Howard in net.

“You always get that adrenaline going and get pumped up, so you don't really think so much about it in the game,” Gustavsson said. “Even if you're in pain, you don't focus on that.

“We're going to take it day by day. We'll see. It's up to the medical team and have a good discussion with them, and work with them and then we'll see for how many days.”

Holland said that Bertuzzi is also scheduled to meet with team doctors on Tuesday. The veteran forward, who said that he had been feeling sluggish last week, did not travel with the Wings on this short, two-game trip to start the 2013 season.

The Wings did receive some good news Sunday when Helm and Kindl skated in practice. Helm has been on IR since the start of training camp and can rejoin the roster at any time, though he, and Kindl, likely won’t play before the Wings host the Minnesota Wild next Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

“They’re talking about getting ready for Friday’s game, but I don’t know,” Kindl said. “I felt pretty good today. I felt no pain, so I just have to get that practice feeling again. And whenever that chance comes I just have to be ready.”

Mursak will likely replace Helm on IR, Holland said.

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