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According to Wings GM Ken Holland, Tomas Jurco could be out through All Star break; Kindl improving

TAYLOR >> Tomas Jurco (back) and Johan Franzen didn’t practice Friday.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said that Jurco is out at least a week and could possibly be shut down until after the All Star break.

“He’s got a back issue, a little bit of a disc issue,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’ll be shut down for a bit, hopefully for not long.”

Babcock had no update on Franzen, who was placed on short-term injured reserve.

Jakub Kindl practiced and said his elbow is getting better.

“It’s in a bad spot where if I get caught out there, I don’t want to get it worse,” Kindl said. “It’s just got to heal properly.

“I can skate finally, I can shoot finally,” Kindl added. “I’m just trying to get into contact more and more but obviously I’m trying to be careful. I don’t want to jam it or twist it again.”

Ouellet knows when he’s called up it’s not to sit and watch in the stands

DETROIT >> Defenseman Xavier Ouellet knows if he’s called up from Grand Rapids he won’t be watching the Wings game in the stands.

Ouellet is set to play in his 10th game tonight when the Wings host the New Jersey Devils.

“He’s a good player,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He knows how to play. He competes hard. Moves the puck, got good hockey sense. He’s been effective for us.”

Ouellet was recalled from the Griffins on Monday to take Jakub Kindl’s spot in the lineup. Kindl was placed on short-term injured reserve with a sprained elbow he suffered in practice Sunday.

“I’m still very excited every time I get called up,” Ouellet said. “That’s for sure. But I’m a little more used to it, that’s for sure, too. This is my 10th game here this year, so I feed good, I feel part of the guys. It’s easier and easier every time I get called back up.”

To put Ouellet’s season a bit more in perspective, defenseman Brian Lashoff has played in just 11 games this season.

“I know what’s coming and I just try to stay ready for it,” Ouellet said. “It feels good for sure. I don’t think they would call me up to put me in the stands. Every time they call me up I get ready to play and then they make their decisions. All I can do is play.”

In his previous nine games Ouellet has a goal, an assist and is a plus-3.

“He’s a good human being, great hockey player, he’s smart, he can make plays,” said Luke Glendening, who played with Ouellet in Grand Rapids. “He’s a good guy to have around for sure.”

Ouellet on his way back to Detroit; Babcock says he’ll be in the lineup Wednesday

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings will recall defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids after placing Jakub Kindl on short-term injured reserve.

Kindl suffered an elbow sprained elbow in practice Sunday. He skated on his own before practice testing it out and looked as if he was having difficulty shooting the puck.

Wings coach Mike Babcock said Ouellet will be in the lineup Wednesday against New Jersey.

Kindl didn’t play Monday in Boston.

That means Brian Lashoff will be a healthy scratch.

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.”

Ouellet to make his NHL playoff debut in Game 5 against Boston; Howard will backup Gustavsson; Alfredsson in for Bertuzzi

Wings coach Mike Babcock is pulling out all the stops to keep Detroit’s hopes of extending its best-of-seven Eastern Conference first round series with the Boston Bruins and stretching it to a Game 6 back at Joe Louis Arena on Monday.

Rookie defenseman Xavier Ouellet will replace Jakub Kindl and Daniel Alfredsson is back in, taking Todd Bertuzzi’s spot.

“I just like that he’s a good player and we needed a change on the back, so to be honest with you we haven’t spent enough time watching him play and knowing,” Babcock said of Ouellet replacing Kindle on the blue line. “He’s been better when he’s played with us than he has been in the American League. He’s a real smart player, he’s played well when he’s been up, we like him. So, we’re making the change because we felt we needed to make the change.”

Ouellet played four regular season games with the Wings.

In 70 games with Grand Rapids, Ouellet had four goals and 13 assists and 22 penalty minutes.

Jimmy Howard will be on the bench to backup starter Jonas Gustavsson.

There were rumors on Friday that Howard was suffering from a concussion.

“(It’s) just the flu,” Babcock said.

Alfredsson has missed the last two games in the series with a back problem.

“I mean the player has to be healthy enough to skate,” Babcock said. “We talk about leadership, leadership is, I mean, saying the right things is important, but playing right is way more important. If you can’t skate you can’t play. So we’ve gone through this for a while. Any of these back injuries where they get the shooting pain down their legs it makes it hard for you to skate. And when you’re a little bit concerned and you don’t get involved it makes it hard.

“Alfie skated great yesterday in practice, probably as great as he’s skated in a long time, so we put him in,” Babcock added.

This and that … Kindl questionable Wednesday according to Holland; Swedes will get Tuesday off

DETROIT >> Wings general manager Ken Holland said that defenseman Jakub Kindl (MCL) is questionable for Wednesday’s game in Montreal.

The team has also given the players that played for Sweden at the Olympics — Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Gustav Nyquist and Jonas Gustavsson — the day off on Tuesday.

In order for practice, the team recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from Grand Rapids.

Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) opted to practice instead of play a game with Grand Rapids on Sunday.

“I’d still like to practice more,” Weiss said. “I haven’t had that much time to practice. (I need to) do some more contact drills, more than one day, before playing a game might be smart.”

The Wings need Weiss back to replace Zetterberg at center.

“Z is a huge loss for us,” Weiss said. “I’m not thinking about coming in and replacing him. I’ve got to do my own thing and play my game, but we’re going to need guys to step up and fill that void. I definitely put some of that onus on myself.”

Johan Franzen (concussion) said he’s optimistic he’ll be ready to return to the lineup Wednesday in Montreal. He still needs clearance from doctors.

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Babcock says it’s up to Datsyuk if he plays Thursday

DETROIT >> Will he play or won’t he play?

That will be the biggest question surrounding the Wings’ morning skate Thursday prior to their game against the Florida Panthers.

And if all continues to go well, Pavel Datsyuk will make his return to Detroit’s lineup for the first time since the Winter Classic.

“He’s got to decide,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

“I hope,” Datsyuk said when asked if he was playing Thursday. “Every day it’s better and now I (can) skate with the team and it’s more fun and more enjoyable and more confidence.”

Datsyuk has missed 14 straight games due to some sort of knee injury.

Datsyuk has practiced frequently with the team since the injury, but Wednesday was the first time he’s skated on a line, centering Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm.

“Let’s talk about Pav (Friday), see if he’s actually playing or not,” Babcock said. “He’s got to be comfortable. Obviously there’s a lot on the line for him. The Olympics are in his country and he wants to play.”

Datsyuk has said all along he would return prior to the Olympics, where he’s the captain for Russia.

He said that wanting to play in the Olympics hasn’t put any extra pressure on himself.

“It’s everybody that’s feeling the pressure, but I need to be smart and make the right decision,” Datsyuk said. “We’ll see (Friday).”

Detroit also plays at Tampa Bay Saturday before the Olympic break.

“Yeah, it’s important,” Datsyuk said when asked if it was important to get a couple games in before the break. “But it’s frustrating to stay in the locker room and watch the game, it makes me more nervous and (I) can’t help the team in the locker room. (It’s) better to play.”

Datsyuk is still fourth on the team in scoring with 15 goals and 17 assists in 35 games.

“We need Pav, he’s one of our best players,” said Jimmy Howard, who’ll start in goal Thursday. “He’s a dynamic player as well. When he’s out there he takes a lot of attention off some other players. I think that’s going to be good for the other guys.”

If Datsyuk does return the Wings will need to clear a roster spot before activating him.

And that’ll be done by placing Jakub Kindl on short-term injured reserve. Kindl didn’t practice Thursday due to a lower-body injury.

“We need to get healthy and stay above the (playoff) line, just continue to battle and find a way to get points,” Howard said.

Kindl, who has played the last three games, averages just over 18 minutes a game this season and was limited to just 11:16 against Vancouver on Monday.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said that Kindl won’t play Saturday either.

From how the lines skated, Patrick Eaves, Daniel Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi will be the three healthy scratches against Florida.