Detroit Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde shared an update on defenseman Jake Walman’s injury, calling him day-to-day and questionable for the team’s Saturday night game. If Walman doesn’t play on Saturday, he’s likely to return when the team plays on Wednesday.
Walman has continued to perform well with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring eight points in 18 games this season – his second full year with the club. Walman has become the go-to partner for top defenseman Moritz Seider, with Walman spending 87 percent of his even-strength ice time next to the former Calder Trophy winner. They’ve accounted for an admirable 49.59 xGF% (expected goals-for percentage) and 49.8 CF% (Corsi-for percentage) when they’re on the ice togehter, speaking to their ability to control possession and scoring chances. Seider takes a small hit to both of those statistics when he plays with any other partner. Getting Walman back into the lineup helps a Red Wings lineup that hasn’t been too impacted by injuries get back to normal.
Other injury updates from around the league:
- The Vegas Golden Knights will be without both Shea Theodore and Alec Martinez on Friday night. Theodore is battling an upper-body injury, while Martinez has a lower-body injury. Vegas head coach Bruce Cassidy added that he’s unsure how long Martinez will be out of action, dubbing him day-to-day.
- The Florida Panthers are planning on keeping defenseman Josh Mahura on injured reserve for at least another week. The team placed Mahura on IR on November 17th, after he left a matchup against the Los Angeles Kings with a lower-body injury. Mahura has appeared in 16 games this season, scoring five assists and recording a -2.