With fellow defensemen Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith making their way back to the Red Wings lineup Wednesday in Los Angeles, Ian White has all of a sudden found himself to be the odd man out.
Today it was revealed that Mike Babcock chose to make White a healthy scratch against the Kings, something that What is ‘taken aback’ by (via the Detroit Free Press):
“I am taken aback,” White said after today’s morning skate. “I didn’t see this coming. I feel like I’m playing the same way I’ve played the last seven years. I work as hard as I can every night. Maybe I don’t have the stats this year that I’ve had in the past, but I feel I’m working hard and playing the same way I always have.”
White on the other hand is more than likely feeling the effects of no Nicklas Lidstrom which has affected his game as well as the Red Wings’ defense as a whole. In 14 games this season, White is a minus-2 with two points while missing five games due to a leg injury.
Meanwhile defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo is looking at a Sunday return for the Red Wings after being sidelined since the second game of the season due to a shoulder injury.
Johan Franzen also makes his return to the ice tonight for the Wings after dealing with a hip flexor injury.
Todd Bertuzzi is still suffering from back problems and there’s no timetable for his return while the same can be said for Darren Helm who was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his back. This according to doctors in New York will require more rest.
h/t: Detroit Free Press