The Wings lost 3-2 in overtime to the Maple Leafs today, but more importantly they lost Dan Cleary. The Red Wings forward took a Mikael Samuelsson shot to the face and suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his jaw in the first period. He did not return and will not play tomorrow against Anaheim.
Mike Babcock told Bruce MacLeod, “I don’t have a timeline or anything like that. We’ll find out when we get back. Our doctors will have a better idea.”
For comparison, we can look to LA Kings defenseman Rob Blake, who suffered a nondisplaced ankle fracture on January 15th. Blake played six games until he was taken out of the lineup at the start of February. He is expected to miss a total of two weeks.
We’ll know more tomorrow, but we can probably expect Cleary to miss close to the rest of the month. This is a big loss, to be sure. The strong play of the Wings’ second line of Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, and Mikael Samuelsson today softens the blow, however.