Dismal injury news from Red Wings practice

The Red Wings will be shorthanded on Friday night.



The Detroit Red Wings earned two points in the standings that they absolutely had to have on Monday night against the division rival Tampa Bay Lightning, earning a hard-fought 4-2 victory at Amalie Arena. It was forward David Perron's goal late in regulation that gave Detroit the lead, breaking a 2-2 tie. 

However, despite the win, the Red Wings suffered a loss in their lineup, as forward Michael Rasmussen was banged up and departed the game. And according to Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde, Rasmussen will not be playing in Friday night's critical matchup at Little Caesars Arena against the visiting New York Rangers; additionally, he may not be available on Sunday afternoon against the visiting Buffalo Sabres. 

Rasmussen has played in 75 games this season, scoring 13 goals with 20 assists. He's also amassed 124 hits and 76 shot blocks. He was recently re-signed by the Red Wings to a four year contract that begins at the start of next season. 

With his unavailability, look for forward Daniel Sprong, who has been a healthy scratch the last several games, to draw back into the lineup. He's scored 17 goals with 23 assists this season, one of Detroit's better offensive players who is playing in his first year with the Red Wings. 

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