Red Wings C Joakim Andersson out with broken foot
DETROIT — If you play center for the Red Wings, the odds appear to be against you this season.
Joakim Andersson was the latest Wings center to suffer an injury, in this case a broken left foot after blocking a shot on the penalty kill in the second period Sunday in New York.
"Usually you shake if off after about five minutes, but I didn’t shake it off, it was still hurting in the third period," said Andersson, who was in a walking boot. "We did an X-ray and CT scan this morning and on the CT scan it showed it was broken."
Andersson joins captain Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery), Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Darren Helm (head) and Stephen Weiss (core muscle surgery).
Andersson said he’s blocked shots with his feet before but never had an injury like this.
He pointed to the ankle bone when asked where the shot hit him.
"I wear those shot blockers so I thought I was good," Andersson said. "It hit a bad spot, I guess."
Andersson said the doctors told him to wait a couple of weeks to see how it heals. For now, they’re not recommending surgery.
"We’ll see how it heals," Andersson said. "It’s not fun. We already have a lot of centers hurt so it’s no fun."
The Wings recalled Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids.