The Detroit Red Wings continue to juggle their forward lines in an attempt to find balance. It sounds like they are close to receiving a bump on the blue line in the near future though, as defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is reportedly close to being able to return from injury. He’s been on the shelf since February 12 and has missed Detroit’s last five games.
He won’t be able to go tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but head coach Jeff Blashill sounded optimistic when speaking to Ansar Khan of MLive.com about Ericsson:
“Johnny looks good. I haven’t seen him lots but he feels good, so I think he’s real close.”
Ericsson’s pending return means that Detroit’s defensive unit is starting to get healthy for the stretch run. The team just got Niklas Kronwall back from injury, which forced Detroit to expose Jakub Kindl for the second time this season.
Through 50 games this season, Ericsson has scored two goals and added seven assists for the Red Wings. Originally drafted by Detroit in the ninth round of the 2002 draft, the 31-year-old has appeared in 457 regular season contests for the organization.
Let’s hear your thoughts on this, Red Wings fans. How do you see Detroit’s defensive pairings shaking out once they get Ericsson back? Who would the odd man out be if you were the head coach of the team? Sound off in the comments down below and let us know what you think.