The Red Wings suffered another loss last night. Well, two losses really.
Marchenko left the game in the second period after being crushed by Micheal Ferland. He didn’t come back for the third. After the game, Coach Blashill told the media that Marchenko would be out indefinitely. Today, he gave a more specific timeline.
#RedWings defenseman Alexey Marchenko out a couple weeks with upper-body injury suffered in Sunday’s game, Ken Holland said.
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At least in the case of Marchenko, no roster moves will need to be made as the Wings have been carrying eight defensemen. With Marchenko out, Brendan Smith likely slides back into the lineup after two games as a healthy scratch. Smith hasn’t been the worst defenseman on the team, but that’s never seemed to matter to this team. The least experienced players normally get scratched, which is why Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul continue to rotate out. Considering their waiver-exempt status, the question continues to linger about whether or not Ken Holland will package one of them up in a trade.