Thursday night’s 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers saw Jimmy Howard earn his 2nd shutout of the season as the Wings continue to limit the oppositions scoring especially over the first two periods. In fact over the last five games the Wings have allowed just five regulation goals going 3-1-1 during that span.
All this too is being done without veteran defenseman Ian White who last night was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game.
And with the blue line continuing to get healthy (Carlo Colaiacovo should be making his return soon) are the Wings lining themselves up to deal the UFA-to-be come the trade deadline?
That may not be the case… yet.
Ansar Khan of Mlive.com writes that White doesn’t expect to be dealt in the near future per a conversation he’s had with GM Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock.
“We’re not there yet,” White said. “This is Game 5 (being scratched), you play so many games in a condensed period, it can get away from you pretty quick. All the sudden you look, after the weekend that’s seven straight games, if you don’t play … You just try to get a determination of where (Babcock) thinks you fit and where Ken thinks you fit, now and going forward.”
Still though, Babcock seemed to of suggested that the only way White makes it back into his top six defensive core is if there’s an injury or big time mishap that would warrant a guy being benched. And yes the Wings have the option on the table to send down Brendan Smith and Brian Lashoff but both guys are playing well and seemed to benefiting very much from their time with the big club.
Bottom line, the longer White is out of the lineup the more it would make sense to get what you can for him at the deadline instead of letting him walk during the offseason.