Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will miss two to three weeks with what general manager Ken Holland is calling an upper body injury. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit — No, it wasn't his newborn daughter Liv.
"She was too heavy from the start; my shoulder couldn't make it," joked defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who celebrated the birth of his daughter Monday morning, then found out later that day a left shoulder injury will keep him out of the lineup for two to three weeks.
Ericsson said he hurt the shoulder Saturday in a third-period collision in Phoenix. An MRI confirmed the damage.
"It felt bad right away," Ericsson said. "After the game I had it evaluated and it felt a lot better. But the next day it was worse again, and pretty much the same (Monday)."
But here's what made the entire 24-48 hours an adventure.
Ericsson's wife Evelina's water broke approximately 40 minutes before the Red Wings landed back home Sunday .
Rushing off the plane, Ericsson got to his wife and took her to the hospital — aching shoulder and all.
"That was fine, I usually use my right shoulder (to steer)," Ericsson said.
After Liv was born — 7 pounds, 4 ounces, 20 inches long — Ericsson had the MRI.
"Right now, it's rehab, that's the first and only step," said Ericsson, noting surgery hasn't been discussed as an option, and that he'll go on the short-term injured list (seven days).
Ericsson got choked up talking about Liv, and the fact she is named after former Red Wings prospect goalie Stefan Liv, who died in the September 2011 plane crash carrying the Russian team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
"We liked the name (Liv), but also it has a history with our very good friend Stefan Liv," Ericsson said. "It's kind of in honor of him.
"He was a good friend, a guy I really respected a lot. We really liked the name and the meaning, it kind of came naturally."
Ericsson's defensive partner Niklas Kronwall looks like a go for Wednesday's game against Ottawa.
Kronwall has missed the last two games with a concussion after slamming into the end boards Thursday courtesy of Colorado forward Cody McLeod.
But Kronwall resumed skating Monday and didn't hold back at all during Tuesday's practice.
"I feel fine," said Kronwall, who passed earlier tests and is waiting for one final exam result. "The only issue is the timing. Even when you've been off for a few days, it takes a little bit to get back into the swing of things.”
With Kronwall ready, the Red Wings sent defenseman Xavier Ouellet back to Grand Rapids.
Forwards Darren Helm (back, groin) and Patrick Eaves (knee, ankle sprain) are eligible to come off the long-term injured list for Saturday's game against the New York Rangers.
But only Eaves looks like he'll be ready.
"I'll be ready to go," said Eaves, who has been practicing regularly. "I feel real good. That's all I have circled (Saturday) on the calendar."
Helm, though, felt discomfort in his groin, hasn't skated the last two days, and won't be ready for Saturday.
"He felt something, and obviously if he can't practice, he can't play yet," general manager Ken Holland said.