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Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson out with broken ribs

Dec. 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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DETROIT, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will be out 3-to-5 weeks with fractured ribs, General Manager Ken Holland said Tuesday.

"Sounds like he's going to be out awhile," Holland told the Detroit Free Press.

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Ericsson, who has one goal and seven assists in 29 games this season, is one of Detroit's top blueliners with a plus-9 rating.

He was injured during a collision in the first period of the Red Wings' 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders Monday.

The broken ribs could jeopardize Ericsson's appearance with Team Sweden in February's Sochi Olympics, the newspaper said.

The injury-riddled Red Wings are off until Saturday, when forwards Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc), Darren Helm (shoulder) and Justin Abdelkader (concussion) might be ready to return.

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