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Drafted in 2009, Nick Jensen could make his NHL debut for Red Wings

With injuries to Mike Green, Alexey Marchenko, and Brendan Smith -- and with Brian Lashoff’s status also now in doubt -- the Detroit Red Wings may allow defenseman Nick Jensen to make his NHL debut tonight in Carolina.

Jensen, 26, has been called up from Grand Rapids, for whom he has one goal and five assists in 27 games this season. A fifth-round pick of the Wings all the way back in 2009, Jensen has been waiting a while for his big chance. Consider: Thomas Tatar was also drafted in 2009, and he’s already played 295 games in the NHL.

From MLive, on why Jensen was recalled:

Lashoff was hit in the mouth by a puck in the morning skate and had to be helped off the ice by trainer Piet Van Zant. He appeared to be holding a towel on his mouth as he skated off to the trainer’s room.

How serious is his injury?

“I don’t have that answer,” Blashill said. “Obviously it just happened there. It was a puck to the mouth so it was fairly severe.

“But we called Nick Jensen up for a reason so if Lash can’t go Jensen will be in.”

The Red Wings got a big win Saturday over Anaheim, but they’re still five points back of third-place Boston in the Atlantic Division.

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