Injuries have eroded the Detroit Red Wings' depth, reduced their team speed and wreaked havoc with line chemistry.

The number of players on injured reserve makes it more difficult to gain ground in the standings. It is another challenge they must overcome.

"I think that's just part of the game. Some years that's just the way it goes," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "You can't feel sorry for yourself. You've just got to look at the guy next to you and say, 'We've got to do this together.'

"Every time someone goes down that's another opportunity for someone else to grab a little bit more ice time. So, we have to do it together."

Forward Justin Abdelkader is the latest to be sidelined. He is out two-to-four weeks with a slightly sprained right MCL suffered during the first period of Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena.