Detroit Red Wing forward Matt Luff will be out for the next 10-12 weeks after getting hit from behind in Tuesday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Head Coach Derek Lalonde made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
It was late in the third period when Canadiens' Juraj Slafkovsky hit Luff from behind and sent him into the boards – scary and dangerous hit. Slafkovsky got a five-minute major and was ejected from the game.
The NHL later announced on Wednesday that Slafkovsky will be suspended two games for the hit.
The 25-year-old Luff has one goal in seven games this season after starting the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.