Red Wings place Niklas Kronwall on long-term IR with knee injury

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) keeps the puck from Vancouver Canucks right wing Brandon Prust (9) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings have placed Niklas Kronwall on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury.

Detroit made the move Monday, keeping the veteran defenceman out of the lineup for a minimum of 10 games.

Kronwall has not played since Jan. 17 against Philadelphia and missed four games before the All-Star break. He will be eligible to return Feb. 14 against Boston. He has scored three goals, 17 points and has a career-worst negative 10 plus-minus rating.

The Red Wings play at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

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