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Red Wings forward Filip Zadina (lower body) out 6-8 weeks

Oct 17, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Red Wings right wing Filip Zadina (11) skates with the puck in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings forward Filip Zadina will miss six to eight weeks due to a lower-body injury.

“So obviously not positive,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said Tuesday, “but it’s a little more optimistic than we originally thought.”

Lalonde didn’t disclose the diagnosis of the injury, which occurred when a puck aimed for the goal hit Zadina on his right leg with 5:19 remaining in the third period of Saturday’s 3-0 win over the New York Islanders.

“Lower body, not good,” Lalonde said immediately after the game. “I don’t think we’re going to see him for a while. Haven’t gotten the complete word but it’s not good.”

The early season has been a struggle for Zadina. The 22-year-old has played nine games but hasn’t scored and is minus-3.

The No. 6 overall selection of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Red Wings, the Czech set career highs last season in games played (74), goals (10), assists (14) and points (24).

The Red Wings are close to the return of forward Oskar Sundqvist (upper body), who hasn’t played since Oct. 25. Lalonde said forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who has played just two games this season because of an upper-body injury, could join the team for a West Coast trip that begins Saturday in Los Angeles.

Detroit will host the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

–Field Level Media