Brian Lashoff has cleared waivers and been sent to Grand Rapids (AHL).
Lashoff has two assists and a plus-4 rating in 11 games with the Red Wings this season. His demotion opens up a roster spot for either Alexey Marcheko or Xavier Ouellet to stay with the big-club full time.
Coach Mike Babcock said Friday that Brian Lashoff will play in place of Danny DeKeyser, who suffered a broken right thumb in Thursday's 5-4 overtime victory in Game 2 and is out six-to-eight weeks, the remainder of the playoffs.
Babcock said he will insert Lashoff into DeKeyser's spot alongside Jakub Kindl, at least to start the game.
Carlo Colaiacovo and Brian Lashoff also are scratched, to make room for Kyle Quincey (back after missing nine games with a fractured cheek bone), Ian White and Danny DeKeyser, who'll make his NHL debut.
Lashoff had just one assist and was a minus-7 in his last 10 games.
Wings sign Defenseman Brian Lashoff to a 3-year extension.
Lashoff was not expected to play in the NHL this season but with all the injuries to the Red Wings blueline he was forced into the lineup and has played well. Lashoff is playing close to 19 minutes a game on average and has recorded one goal and two assists in 16 games so far.
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings assigned eight players today to the Grand Rapids Griffins: forwards Chris Conner, Joakim Andersson and Landon Ferraro; defensemen Doug Janik, Garnet Exelby and Brian Lashoff; and goaltenders Joey MacDonald and Jordan Pearce.