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Detroit Red Wings lose an integral part of their defense with Mike Green injury

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Detroit Red Wings has added another player onto their increasing injury list.

Upper Body Problem

Defenseman Mike Green suffered an upper-body injury against the Calgary Flames on October 23. Green has not played since the incident.

Detroit signed 30-year-old to a three-year, $18 million contract during the off-season.

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Green played for the Washington Capitals since 2005 and his performance fluctuated throughout his career. He reached a career high of 76 points in 75 games during the 2009-2010 season, but his points per season totals have decreased since then. 

Last season, Green played an integral role for the Capitals alongside John Carlson in the Washington's first defensive pairing. He scored ten goals and contributed 35 assists in 72 games.

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Green's numbers have dwindled since the trade. He only has two assists in seven games so far this season. Green's role in the team has also been reduced as he was placed on the second defensive pairing in the Red Wing's lineup for the majority of the seven games so far.

Others Out

Green is not the only injured player in the Detroit roster. Superstar Pavel Datsyuk is still recovering from an off-season surgery and won't be back until mid-November.

Defenseman Kyle Quincey is still recovering from a concussion which he suffered against the Flames as well. Brad Richards  is seeing a specialist for a lower body pain and has missed two games so far. Veteran Johan Franzen has been experiencing concussion-like symptoms since October 15 and has not played since then. 

Luckily, Green will only be out for two to three weeks. Detroit's defensive issues will not be a lasting problem. The Red Wings will play the Senators on October 30.

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