Flames D-man Rasmus Andersson struck by vehicle while riding scooter in Detroit

Detroit News

The Calgary Flames will be without defenseman Rasmus Andersson when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night, but it’s hard to imagine anybody with the team cares a whole lot about his short-term playing outlook right now.

According to the Flames, Andersson, 26, was riding a scooter to dinner in Detroit on Wednesday night when was struck by a vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital and released last Wednesday night after a “full battery of tests,” the team said.

The team said Thursday morning that Andersson is “doing well” and considered “day-to-day.” The sixth-year NHL veteran will remain with the the Flames, who will be on an East Coast road trip through until Monday, while he recovers.

“He was going through a crosswalk. The good news — and the most important thing — is that Ras is doing well. He was transported by ambulance to Detroit Receiving Hospital,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said.

“He’s doing well. In good spirits. We’re lucky. Very lucky. It could have been a lot worse. We want to make sure that we thank all those involved and let everybody know that Ras is doing well.”

Andersson will not play against the Red Wings on Thursday night. The team isn’t certain about his recovery beyond that, but hinted at signs of optimism.

“He won’t play tonight and we’ll take this real slow,” Treliving said. “Not anything that we’re overly concerned about. But he got hit, so we’re going to see how things go over the next 24 hours and go from there.”

Treliving said he felt the need to point out that there was “no alcohol involved.”

“I don’t want any speculation out there,” he said.

nbianchi@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @nolanbianchi

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