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Ian White out 1-2 weeks with courageous face

Jimmy Howard, Devin Setoguchi, Ian White

Minnesota Wild’s Devin Setoguchi, center, gets sandwiched between Detroit Red Wings’ Ian White (18) and goalie Jimmy Howard in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in St Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


The streaking Red Wings will be without Ian White for a week or two after the defenseman blocked a shot with his face on Saturday.

White saved a goal when he got in front of a shot by Dallas forward Jamie Benn. The downside? A fractured cheekbone.

Fortunately, White won’t be out for long.

“He’ll be able to play with it, once it heals reasonably well,” Detroit GM Holland said, as per “He’ll just need to wear some facial protection.”

White’s averaging 22:44 per game, third on the team behind Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall.

Mike Commodore will slot in for White on Tuesday in St. Louis.

Brendan Smith has been recalled from the AHL, though he still has one game remaining in his five-game suspension for hitting Chicago’s Ben Smith in the head during the preseason.