The Detroit Red Wings’ depleted blue line may have to get used to playing without Danny Dekeyser.
The defenseman left Wednesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators early in the third period after blocking a Dion Phaneuf shot off his right leg.
Per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Dekeyser suffered bruise on the play and not a break. Coach Jeff Blashill hinted Dekeyser would be day-to-day.
The Red Wings are already without Niklas Kronwall, who has been sidelined since Jan. 17 with a knee injury.
Dekeyser is second only to Kronwall in average ice time per game (21:16).
The 25-year-old is also third in points among Wings’ blue liners with six goals and eight assists in 49 games.