CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings have lost defenseman Chris Chelios for an undetermined period because of a small bone chip in his right leg.
His playing status is day-to-day.
The 39-year-old Chelios, Detroit's oldest player, suffered the fibula injury in the first period of Friday's 1-0 loss at Calgary when he took a hard hit from Flames' defenseman Adrian Aucoin in the opening minutes.
"It's unfortunate when you lose your top four defensemen," teammate Kris Draper told the Detroit Free Press. "But it's a great opportunity for these younger kids to make a statement and show that they can play at this level."
The struggling Red Wings have lost two in a row and eight of nine overall, but still lead the Western Conference's Central Division with 89 points to 72 for second-place Nashville.