DETROIT Just when the Red Wings thought they were close to getting healthly, things got worse.
The Wings lost center Kris Draper during the morning skate to a partially torn left rotator cuff. Draper will be out for up to four weeks.
Then during the first period of Wednesdays 2-1 victory over Calgary, defenseman Mathieu Dandenault suffered a broken right foot when he took a shot off the inside of his right boot. Hell be out 4-6 weeks.
The thud, you could tell on the bench when you hear a noise like that its not forgiving, said Coach Dave Lewis.
The loss of Dandenault is somewhat softened by the fact defenseman Chris Chelios (left shoulder) is expected to return Friday, Lewis said after the game.
Defenseman Derian Hatcher (right knee) will return to the lineup Monday or Thursday. Hatcher played the first three games this season before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
We just have to continue on, Lewis said. Theres nothing you can do about injuries.
In a fluky accident, Draper collided with goalie Curtis Joseph during the morning skate. Draper was about to shoot a one-timer when his stick glanced off Josephs mask during the follow through.
Draper was in immediate pain and skated off the ice.
It was strange, said Joseph, who himself is rehabilitating a sprained right ankle.
I was skating in that direction and I didnt think hed get another pass. He did, and he one-timed it, and I put on the brakes a little bit and his stick caught my mask. He came down funny on it.