Veterans sidelined with knee injuries

Updated: December 11, 2003, 4:02 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

DETROIT -- Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios will miss three to four weeks with a sprained right knee and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Chelios was hurt when he was checked by Los Angeles' Mike Cammalleri in Detroit's 3-2 overtime win Monday.

The Red Wings also put Steve Thomas on injured reserve Tuesday because he is expected to be out five to six weeks with an injured left knee. Thomas is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.

Chelios has a goal and seven assists in 29 games this season -- his 21st in the NHL. The three-time Norris Trophy winner has 177 career goals and 901 points in the regular season, and 30 goals and 136 points in the playoffs.

Detroit also recalled defenseman Niklas Kronwall and forwards Kevin Miller and Jiri Hudler from Grand Rapids of the AHL, and sent forward Nathan Robinson to the Griffins.

Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace injured his knee during the pregame warmup before Monday's game against Los Angeles and is listed as day to day.

The Red Wings have been without standout defenseman Derian Hatcher since he tore a ligament in his right knee on Oct. 16. Hatcher is expected to be out until April.

Detroit has also managed to play well while missing Darren McCarty (back), Henrik Zetterberg (leg) and Tomas Holmstrom (shoulder) because of injuries.

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