Red Wings' Ericsson out month with broken ribs

Jonathan Ericsson (left) of the Detroit Red Wings pushes Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks to...

Jonathan Ericsson (left) of the Detroit Red Wings pushes Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks to the ice in Game Five of the Western Conference semifinals May 25, 2013 in Chicago. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

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The Detroit Red Wings, already hit hard by injuries, will be without defenceman Jonathan Ericsson for the next month.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Ericsson will be sidelined for 3-5 weeks with broken ribs. Ericsson was hurt Monday when he hit Matt Martin during a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders.

“Sounds like he’s going to be out awhile,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Tuesday. “I guess I would say 3-5 weeks if I had to guess.”

The injury to Ericsson, who has one goal and seven assists in 29 games this season, opens the door for Jakub Kindl to return to the lineup. Kindl has been a healthy scratch the last two games.

The Red Wings went into the Christmas break without Henrik Zetterberg (back), Darren Helm (shoulder), Justin Abdelkader (concussion), Johan Franzen (concussion), goalie Jimmy Howard (knee) and Stephen Weiss, who had sports hernia surgery on Monday. Zetterberg, Helm and Abdelkader should be back when the Red Wings play the Florida Panthers on Saturday.


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