Ericsson had surgery on the middle finger of his left hand Wednesday and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. He broke his finger and partially tore a tendon in it during Tuesday night's win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Red Wings called up defenseman Adam Almquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Losing Ericsson is a setback for the banged-up team, which is without many forwards, including Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
The Red Wings will probably have to earn one of two wild-card bids in the Eastern Conference to extend their postseason streak to 23 seasons. They were fourth in the wild-card standings entering play Wednesday.