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Injury Bug Bites Detroit Red Wings Again: Kronwall Sidelined Four to Eight Weeks

MONTREAL- NOVEMBER 21:  Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings is helped off of the ice after being tripped by Georges Laraque #17 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game on November 21, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Isaac SmithAnalyst INovember 23, 2009

Call him what you want, but Nick Kronwall is one of the better defense man in the NHL. Kronwall, off to another decent start with 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) will now miss up to two months because of a dirty hit by Montreal player Georges Laraque.

The question now is what do the Red Wings do? They have already lost Johan Franzen (ACL tear), Valterri Filppula (broken wrist) and Jason Williams (broken leg). How deep is this Red Wings team?

Yes, they have points in eight of 10 games. Yes, seven of those eight games have been wins; but a team can only be so deep. Having already lost other big names to free agency, (mainly Conklin, Hossa, Kopecky, Samuelsson, and Hudler) this Red Wings team is going to be tested over the next month.

Detroit will be without Filppula for at least another month. Williams will be out for at least another month. Franzen is out for another three months. Adding defenseman Andreas Lilja (week-to-week with concussion syndromes) to that list and losing Kronwall looks bad for Detroit.

Nevertheless, Detroit has seen substantial growth among younger players such as Helm and Abdelkader so nothing is for certain.

The only thing that IS certain, however, is that Detroit must step up their game even more in order to maintain their game and up their position in the conference.

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