Quincey's health 'not the greatest,' he says
Detroit — Kyle Quincey remains a bit hazy several days after getting hit in the head area.
Quincey was leveled to the ice Friday by Calgary forward Sam Bennett behind the Red Wings' net. After lying there for several moments, he got up, skated to the bench and finished the game.
But Quincey began to experience concussion symptoms afterward while getting on the Red Wings' team plane heading to Vancouver.
He missed Saturday's game against the Canucks and was to sit out Tuesday's game against Carolina.
Undergoing the NHL-mandated concussion protocol, Quincey is unlikely to play before next week. He wasn't near ready to play Tuesday morning.
"Not the greatest," said Quincey, when asked he was feeling.
Quincey didn't expect to get back on the ice before this weekend.
"Yeah, just going through the process right now," he said.
Surprisingly, Quincey said he didn't feel particularly bad the remainder of the game against the Flames.
Quincey wound up playing 21 minutes, 10 seconds on 35 shifts, and was credited with one hit and one blocked shot.
"Honestly, I didn't feel it," Quincey said. "Adrenaline, I guess."
The injuries to Quincey and Mike Green (upper body) have opened opportunities for other defensemen.
Jakub Kindl re-entered the lineup after being a healthy scratch Friday in Calgary, and Alexey Marchenko was recalled from Grand Rapids.
Both were to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
Players were still talking about the leadership exhibited by captain Henrik Zetterberg Saturday in Vancouver.
Zetterberg addressed the team between the second and third periods, after two terrible periods had them trailing 2-0. The Red Wings responded by tying the game before eventually winning in overtime on Gustav Nyquist's goal.
"It's amazing how bad he wants to win," Dylan Larkin said.
Larkin grew up watching Zetterberg play, and to now be a teammate and linemate of his continues to be a thrill for the young player, especially watching how Zetterberg inspires his teammates.
"He's always talking and encouraging guys to work harder," Larkin said. "You saw in the game against Vancouver he got us going when no one was really generating offense or energy."
Goaltender Petr Mrazek got the start against Carolina, his fourth start in the last five games.
Mrazek entered Tuesday's matchup with a 3-0 lifetime record and .966 save percentage against the Hurricanes. He also stopped a career-high 44 shots on Oct. 10 against the Hurricanes in a 4-3 victory.
Mrazek's previous success against Carolina was a factor in Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill's decision.
"I wouldn't say it's a huge part of it but it's a part of it," Blashill said.
… Brad Richards (back) will miss a week or two to rest a sore back. Richards has been plagued with the injury since training camp and missed the last two games of the western Canada road trip last week.
… Landon Ferraro was a healthy scratch Tuesday night.