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Quincey expected back, Dekeyser to make NHL debut

Friday, 04.05.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Quincey expected back, Dekeyser to make NHL debut

DENVER -- The Detroit Red Wings will have a different look on defense Friday night when they meet the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Kyle Quincey is expected to play after missing nine games with a fractured cheekbone, and Danny Dekeyser will make his NHL debut after playing three seasons at Western Michigan University.

Quincey, 27, who was injured in a March 15 game against the Edmonton Oilers, has one goal and one assist in 26 games. Dekeyser, 22, signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on March 30. He was Western Michigan's captain this season and had two goals and 13 assists in 35 games.

Here are the projected lineups for Friday's game between the Red Wings and Avalanche:

RED WINGS

Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukJustin Abdelkader

Valtteri FilppulaHenrik ZetterbergDaniel Cleary

Gustav NyquistJoakim AnderssonPatrick Eaves

Drew MillerCory EmmertonJordin Tootoo

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson

Kyle QuinceyIan White

Danny DekeyserBrendan Smith

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Carlo Colaiacovo, Jakub Kindl, Brian Lashoff

Injured: Todd Bertuzzi (back), Damien Brunner (lower body), Darren Helm (back), Mikael Samuelsson (upper body)

AVALANCHE

Jamie McGinnMatt DuchenePA Parenteau

Cody McLeodRyan O'Reilly -- Gabriel Landeskog

Brad MaloneJohn MitchellAaron Palushaj

Patrick BordeleauMark OlverDavid Van Der Gulik

Greg ZanonErik Johnson

Matt HunwickShane O'Brien

Jan HejdaTyson Barrie

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: None

Injured: Steve Downie (knee), Milan Hejduk (shoulder), David Jones (knee), Chuck Kobasew (back), Paul Stastny (foot), Ryan Wilson (ankle)

Quote of the Day

It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness