DETROIT – With the addition of defenseman Kyle Quincey, the Wings know have eight defensemen on the active roster. They dress just six, which means Jakub Kindl may have just lost his spot in the lineup.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do about that,” Kindl said. “Quincey’s been a great defenseman for a while and I think he’s going to help us, too.
“I just have to stay ready,” Kindl added. “Injuries are a part of hockey, but I don’t wish anybody to get hurt, I just have to be ready. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Kindl has started the last eight games over Mike Commodore as Jonathan Ericsson’s partner on the blue line.
“I’ve been feeling very good lately,” Kindl said. “I’ve been playing more and more and obviously we’ve been winning and that helps, too. I think I’ve been playing my best hockey so far in my life. I just have to keep getting better and better and you never know what’s going to happen.”
Wings coach Mike Babcock said Quincey will help the team in all areas and he’ll be paired with Ericsson and play on the second power play unit.
“Should help on the penalty kill, should help at even strength and on the power play, he’s a good player, we’re thrilled to have him back,” Babcock said. “We think the deeper you are in the back and the better you move the puck the better chance you have to be successful.
“We’ll see what happens,” Babcock added. “No such thing as too much D at playoff time.”