Danny DeKeyer of the Detroit Red Wings (Courtesy/Getty Images)

Injury issues have hit the Detroit Red Wings. The team lost defenseman Danny DeKeyser for “multiple weeks” with an upper-body suffered in Tuesday Night’s game. Earlier in the day, they placed forward Anthony Mantha on injured reserve with a hand injury. He is expected to be out four to six weeks.

DeKeyser was injured on Tuesday when he blocked a shot from Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos. The shot appeared to hit him in the hand.

DeKeyser has one goal and six assists for seven points in 19 games this season. He has also added 21 penalty minutes. His possession numbers are 47.0 percent Corsi-For with a -0.8 relative Corsi. Last season, he scored six goals and six assists for 12 points in 65 games played. He also added 28 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 49.2 percent Corsi-For and a relative Corsi of +0.8. DeKeyser originally joined the Red Wings as an undrafted college free agent in 2012.

DeKeyser has spent his entire seven-year NHL career with the Red Wings. He has put up 25 goals and 81 assists for 106 career points in 400 career games. DeKeyser has also added one goal and one assist in 19 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Mantha Placed on Injured Reserve

Forward Anthony Mantha also suffered a hand injury. He was hurt when he fought Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth in Sunday’s game. Earlier, Nemeth had laid a hit on Red Wings centre Dylan Larkin.

“He was sticking up for Larkin in that case, who got his head run against the boards … I know this, he’d do it again. And I’m good with him doing it again. I want him to do it again. We want to make sure we’re sticking up for each other,” head coach Jeff Blashill told the team’s website.

Mantha has nine goals and five assists for 14 points in 27 games this season. He has also added 17 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers have been stellar, with a 55.8 percent Corsi-For, and a +12.2 relative Corsi. Last season, Mantha scored 24 goals and 48 points in 80 games. He put up a 51.8 percent Corsi-For, and a +4.1 relative Corsi.

Mantha has played in parts of four NHL seasons for the Red Wings. He has scored 52 goals and 49 assists for 101 points in 177 career NHL games. The Red Wings drafted Mantha in the first round, 20th overall, at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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