The Detroit Red Wings received some good news prior to their 4-3 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday. According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Todd Bertuzzi does not have mononucleosis as was originally thought to be the case on the weekend.
However, they also received some bad news after the game regarding defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Colaiacovo injured his shoulder early in the third period Monday and could miss a number of weeks.
Colaiacovo will be examined by a doctor Tuesday morning, which should help give a more precise timeline on his return. In the meantime, Colaiacovo joins Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) and Jakub Kindl (groin) on the list of injured Detroit defensemen. Fortunately, Ericsson could be back Tuesday and Kindl should play Friday, according to Khan.
As for Bertuzzi, he should be back in action this week as well.
Tests were redone on the veteran forward and came back negative, revealing that he was likely battling the flu, not mono.
The Red Wings originally thought Bertuzzi would miss a number of weeks, but now he could be available as early as Tuesday for the Red Wings home opener against the Dallas Stars.
GM Ken Holland expects him to be in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Minnesota Wild at the latest, according to St. James of the Detroit Free Press, who was told by Holland:
It really is great news. Over the weekend, we thought he'd be gone a month. Now he'll be back at the latest by the end of the week. No doubt he had the flu, and was really sick. But we thought it prudent to redo the tests, and they showed Bert does not have mono. He's cleared to play.
Bertuzzi also had a sore groin, though since he's had a few days of rest that should no longer be an issue.
After losing their season opener 6-0 to the St. Louis Blues, the Red Wings came up with a better effort Monday and escaped with a 4-3 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. However, the Red Wings still have a long way to go if they want to be contenders this season.
The addition of Bertuzzi will provide both grit and a veteran presence to the lineup.
At age 37, the Sudbury, Ontario native is currently the oldest player on Detroit’s roster. Bertuzzi has been with the Red Wings since the 2009-10 season, after spending the majority of his career with the Vancouver Canucks.
In 1,093 career games, Bertuzzi has scored 303 goals and 448 assists for 751 points, in addition to his 1,436 penalty minutes.