Numerous injuries revealed after Red Wings’ ousting from the post-season

It happens every year around this time, and while no one ever tries to use it as an excuse for an early post-season exit, it’s hard to shake off the “what if’s” that come along with all the revelations. 

Many Detroit Red Wings revealed on locker clean-out day numerous injuries that they were coping with during the course of the end of the regular season and into the playoffs, until they were ejected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 games. Justin Abdelkader, who everyone knew fractured a finger around the end of the regular season blocking a shot, had surgery to insert two pins into the finger so that he could partake in at least a portion of the playoffs. He told the press on Friday about ways he was attempting to cope with the injury at the time so that he could play.

“I was taping my fingers together, just to keep them in place and protect that finger,” Abdelkader said. “Didn’t have much movement in it. Had a brace made that I wore under my glove. It’s tough. You use your middle finger a lot more than you think. It was a nuisance, trying to play with it. I made the most of it.”

The injury very much affected his offensive ability during the playoffs, as he said he “never felt great shooting”.

Jonathan Ericsson revealed that he was playing with a broken left big toe for the entirety of the playoffs. He said it was a complete accident, and while it didn’t keep him out of games, it limited his practice time.

“Fluke accident in warm-ups,” he said. “Just hit it on a concrete little thing. We had good doctors to take care of it. That’s why I wasn’t practicing a lot.

“The games were not really affected much. It was just hard to practice.”

As everyone knew by Game 7, Marek Zidlicky missed the final game of the post-season with concussion symptoms after a hit he took the previous game from Brenden Morrow. Zidlicky admitted he thought at the time that the hit was “a little late”, but didn’t want to go any further into it.

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And there’s also the case with Kyle Quincey, where he played the vast majority of the 2014-15 season with bone chips in his ankle, and actually missed a portion of time during the season trying to deal with the pain. Now that the season has concluded, he’ll finally get the surgery he’s known he’s needed since August.

Quincey believes that the surgery will benefit him greatly next season.

“Oh, God, it’ll take the pain away, help me skate way better,” Quincey said. “For sure.”

With how great the pairing of Quincey and Danny DeKeyser were down the stretch for the Red Wings, it’s exciting to think how much better they could be next season with Quincey back at 100% again.

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