The good news for Detroit from Thursday night was that it scored a decisive 5-1 win over the Coyotes.
The bad news… came out this morning.
The Red Wings have lost the services of forwards Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen for six weeks, GM Ken Holland announced on Friday (per MLive). Miller will undergo surgery to fix his broken jaw — which occurred on a hit from Arizona d-man Klas Dahlbeck — while Pulkkinen is out with a separated shoulder courtesy a hit from Martin Hanzal.
The losses will hurt Detroit. Pulkkinen currently sits sixth on the team in scoring, with six goals and 11 points through 24 games, averaging just over 12 minutes per night.
Miller has done little offensively this year — just a goal and an assist — but provided minutes as a penalty killer and bottom-six checking forward. He was also a pretty regular lineup fixture:
At the moment, it doesn’t sound like Detroit will make any immediate recalls from Grand Rapids:
After Saturday’s game against Nashville, the Wings play in Washington on Tuesday, at home against the Habs on Thursday then at New Jersey next Friday.