Banged-up Red Wings lose Cleary to shoulder injury

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says Dan Cleary will be out for

about a month because of a separated shoulder.

Cleary was injured Wednesday night in Detroit’s loss to the St.

Louis Blues.

The forward has 16 points this season, trailing Henrik

Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on the team. Cleary had 40-plus points

the previous three seasons for the Red Wings.

Detroit’s rebuilding season has been more difficult than

expected.

The franchise could not keep some of its key players such as

Marian Hossa because of the salary cap. Then, the Red Wings lost

Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams and defenseman

Niklas Kronwall to injuries.