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Taylor — Jakub Kindl is returning from Grand Rapids a little earlier than anticipated.

The defensemen will join the Red Wings in time for Saturday's game in Dallas after Kyle Quincey came down with a lower body injury.

Quincey began Friday's practice at Taylor Sportsplex but left the ice shortly afterward and was walking gingerly afterward.

General manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock said Quincey is day to day.

"He left the ice early. We'll see," Babcock said. "He has a chronic thing. We'll just see what happens."

Kindl was loaned to Grand Rapids on a four-game conditioning assignment, and has one goal in two games thus far.

Kindl last played Dec. 27 against Ottawa, hurt his elbow the next day in practice, and has not played with the Red Wings since.

Young defensemen Alexey Marchenko, 23, and Xavier Ouellet, 21, both played well after being called up from Grand Rapids during the last two months, with Kindl unavailable, and passed Kindl on the depth chart once he was cleared to play.

What does Babcock need to see out of Kindl?

"He has to go back and execute with the puck," Babcock said. "He's real good when he has the puck and working up the ice. He has to go back and execute with the puck. He does that, and we're (satisfied)."

Babcock felt it was crucial for Kindl to go and play in Grand Rapids and shake the rust off of not playing.

"That's why we sent him down," Babcock said. "He played two real good games. It just makes it easier when you sat out for a long time."

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