DETROIT — Defenseman Kyle Quincey won’t play Saturday, but isn’t expected to miss too much time with an injured left ankle.
“It’s day to day right now, but I’m hoping for the best,” Quincey said. “Pretty much just get it good enough, tape it up and get in the skate and go from there. The pain level is pretty high right now. Once that goes down it’s good to go.”
Forward Johan Franzen (hip flexor) is out Saturday and probably Sunday. He hopes to return Wednesday.
“It sucks being out, especially when we’re losing,” Franzen said. “It hasn’t been easy sitting on the side.”
Jakub Kindl will go back in for Kent Huskins on the blue line.
“We need a big game out of everyone,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
When asked if forward Patrick Eaves was in Babcock said, “I don’t know what I’m doing exactly.”
Defenseman Brendan Smith is also eyeing Wednesday as a possible return date.
“I haven’t done any contact or anything,” Smith said. “I have to have full mobility and strength.”
Mikael Samuelsson has begun to get frustrated after his latest setback, a broken left index finger.
“I want to play, that’s the most frustrating part,” Samuelsson said. “It shouldn’t really happen, but sometimes it does. It’s a bad break.”