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For Kindl to stay in lineup Babcock looking fo him to ‘just flat-out compete’

DETROIT >> Defenseman Jakub Kindl returns after being a healthy scratch for the last four games.

“Compete, just flat-out compete,” Babcock said when asked what Kindl has to do to remain in the lineup. “Get pucks, make plays. Compete. That’s all part of being a good teammate, being competitive, being ultra-competitive, being good to help your team win.”

Kindl, who replaced Brian Lashoff in the lineup, was benched midway through the Wings game on Nov. 14 against Chicago.

“Sometimes people think whether you like a guy gets in the way – you don’t confuse the player and the person one bit,” Babcock said. “You’re in the winning business, you’re about putting players in the best situation to have success and whoever can help you win that’s who you play.”

Lashoff in for Smith; Gustavsson starting; Wings and Canucks both fighting to stay in playoff race

DETROIT >> Quick update from the Wings’ morning skate prior to their game tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena.

Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal and Brian Lashoff replaces Brendan Smith along the blue line.

Wings coach Mike Babcock shook his head no when asked if Smith was injured.

“I’ve seen lots from Lash so he’s going in,” Babcock added when asked what he’s seen of Smith lately.

Smith drew a tripping penalty in overtime that led to the game-winning goal by Washington on Sunday.

The rest of the lineup remains the same.

Vancouver and Detroit find themselves in unfamiliar grounds as they both are battling for their playoff lives.

“Things do change,” Babcock said. “We haven’t been the same team since ’09. We’re aware of that. There are number of options in the league. You can be bad for 10 years and get a bunch of first round picks or you can just try and do it on the fly and that’s how we’re doing it, on the fly. We want to continue to make the playoffs and try and improve our team.”

Both teams are in the second of two wild card berths in their respective conferences.

“We have a lot of kids in our lineup right now that have played well for us,” Babcock said. “We just think we need time for them to make progress. If we can hang in there, ideally we’ll get (Pavel) Datsyuk back, he’s a key guy for us, no different than (Vancouver’s) big guys. He will be a key addition.”