The Detroit Red Wings superstar player, Pavel Datsyuk, will miss at least two weeks after minor knee surgery. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove fragments.
The team currently leads the league with 84 points, two ahead of Vancouver in the Western Conference race.
They lead the Central Division by five points over St Louis, and maintaining their position in the standings is important.
They have proven how difficult they are to play at home with their ongoing league-record 23-game home winning streak.
The injury will likely leave Datsyuk out of the Hart Trophy race.
He has spent most of the season in the top 10 in points but will surely drop.
It will be difficult for the team to replace his outstanding play. In their first game without him, they had too many turnovers and sloppy play, which lead to a loss to Chicago.
With seven games over this two-week stretch, the team will need players to step up and fill the void that Datsyuk has left.
The team proved that they are capable of rising up, as they played extremely well when Joey MacDonald stepped up during Jimmy Howard's absence.
Here are candidates that can rise to the occasion.