While licking their woulds after a tough 3-2 loss on Sunday evening at the hands of the Calgary Flames, it turns out that the final score isn’t the only thing that didn’t turn out in Detroit’s favor. It has been announced that defenseman Alexey Marchenko will miss some time with an upper body injury.
Red Wings D Alexey Marchenko (upper body) out for "a couple of weeks" per Ken Holland.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 21, 2016
Marchenko, a prototypical stay-at-home defenseman, did not come out of the dressing room to start the third period in yesterday’s game. Add his name to the list of Red Wings players who are already out with injuries, which includes Darren Helm, Andreas Athanasiou, and Tomas Jurco (who hasn’t even played yet this season). Thomas Vanek, who had missed the last 11 games, returned to the lineup in last night’s game.
For the season, Marchenko has five points (all assists), 10 penalty minutes, and a plus/minus rating of 0. Not relied upon for his offensive ability, his five assists have been an added bonus, but Marchenko is primarily relied on for his steady, solid defensive ability.
Vanek’s insertion back into the lineup last night put the Red Wings at the maximum amount of players allowed on the roster with 23, meaning that if the team wants to make a roster move to replace Marchenko, they would have to put him on long term injured reserve. According to the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, such a move would require him to miss 10 games and 24 days. This would mean that retroactive to yesterday’s game, Marchenko would not be eligible to return until the team’s game on December 15, when they host the Los Angeles Kings.
Whether or not the team decides to move Marchenko to long term injured reserve or not remains to be seen, but for the time being, the Red Wings list of injured players continues to grow, as does the team’s newest losing streak (which has now reached four).