Wings’ Ericsson plans to skate Thursday

Red Wings defenseman suffered a broken middle finger and a torn tendon March 18 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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DETROIT — Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is even less likely than Henrik Zetterberg to play in the opening round of the playoffs, but Ericsson is keeping his options open. 

He suffered a broken middle finger and a torn tendon March 18 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It was a shot that hit me and must have hit me badly, and had a lot of fractures on my fingers," Ericsson said Wednesday. "The doctor had to go in there and puzzle everything back together. They did a really good job. It looks nice right now. It was a bad break — bad breaks."

Ericsson hasn’t skated since but plans to start Thursday.

"The tendon is taking more time than the bone to heal," he said. "It’s looking pretty good from what the doctors are saying. We’ll see how it looks when they take the pins out. I haven’t been able to skate."

Because of the extensive damage, Ericsson needed to have four pins put in his hand.

"Last Friday, they took one out and had to leave the remaining three in there for another 10-14 days," Ericsson said. "I’m not sure what day those are coming out. I’m not going to be able to handle the puck or anything because I still need to be in this splint."

Despite that, Ericsson said he can’t say for sure that he won’t be able to play at all in the first round against Boston.

"I think it’s too early to tell," Ericsson said. "The round could go on for about two weeks. It’s not going to be at the beginning of this round, I know that."