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Red Wings without Green, Quincey against Canucks

by Kevin Woodley

RED WINGS (3-3-1) at CANUCKS (3-2-2)


VANCOUVER -- The Detroit Red Wings won't have defensemen Mike Green and Kyle Quincey against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday after they were injured in a loss Friday against the Calgary Flames.

Detroit, which has one point in its past four games (0-3-1), lost Green to a hit late in the first period, leaving the Red Wings short on the back end as they blew a lead with 1:12 left in regulation and lost 3-2 in overtime. Quincey finished the game despite taking a big hit from Flames forward Sam Bennett with under nine minutes left in regulation.

"As he got onto the bus we had some inclination he didn't feel right," coach Jeff Blashill said.

Detroit called up defenseman Alexey Marchenko from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. The 23-year-old Russian didn't arrive in time for an optional morning skate in Vancouver, but will play his third game in as many nights against the Canucks.

"It's not easy to get up in the morning and fly here," said Blashill, who coached Marchenko for two years in the AHL. "It is a challenge. It can't be an excuse. I have lots of belief in him but he's going have to come execute at a high level. He's earned lots of confidence from me."

Defenseman Jakub Kindl is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Calgary. With Green day-to-day and Quincey expected to miss at least one week following what general manager Ken Holland called concussion protocol, it's an opportunity for others to earn more ice time, said defenseman Brendan Smith, who scored a power-play goal in Calgary after being scratched the previous two games.

"We just need guys to step up and play better," Smith said. "That's how you get chances to play."

The Canucks will also make a change on defense Saturday, but not out of necessity.

Hard-shooting defenseman Yannick Weber is in the lineup for the second time this season to help kick start a struggling power play. The Canucks, who are winless in four home games (0-2-2), scored on the power play in a 3-2 loss against the Washington Capitals on Thursday but are 27th in the NHL with two goals on 23 chances.

Weber, who will replace Matt Bartkowski, led Vancouver defensemen with 11 goals last season, including five on the power play, and re-signed for one year and $1.5-million expecting to play a top-four role and anchor the point on the No. 1 power play. Instead he has watched six of the first seven games as a healthy scratch.

"This was definitely unexpected coming off last year," Weber said. "You have to be normal at the rink and try to put a smile on, but sometimes at home you might be frustrated and not happy."

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, who will play his 1,100th NHL game, said Weber's hard right-handed shot at the point opens up more room for the forwards down low.

"Even if he doesn't shoot the puck they have to respect him up there," said Sedin, who will be the 33rd NHL player to reach 1,100 games with the same team. "They have to have a guy on him, which opens up room for us down low, and if they don't take him away he has a great one-timer. He can score from up there without a screen pretty much."

Here are the projected lineups:


Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Tatar - Dylan Larkin - Teemu Pulkkinen

Darren Helm - Riley Sheahan - Luke Glendening

Drew Miller - Joakim Andersson - Landon Ferraro

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Danny DeKeyser - Alexey Marchenko

Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Injured: Kyle Quincey (concussion protocol), Mike Green (undisclosed), Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms), Pavel Datsyuk (ankle), Brad Richards (back)

Scratched: Tomas Jurco


Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Radim Vrbata

Alexandre Burrows - Brandon Sutter - Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Jake Virtanen

Brandon Prust - Jared McCann - Derek Dorsett

Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev

Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber

Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa

Ryan Miller

Richard Bachman

Injured: Chris Higgins (foot), Jacob Markstrom (hamstring)

Scratched: Adam Cracknell, Matt Bartkowski

Status report: Dorsett took part in the optional morning skate after missing practice Friday with an undisclosed injury but is still considered a game-time decision. If Dorsett can't play, expect Cracknell to take his spot.

Who's hot: Miler comes into the game with a .931 save percentage while playing all seven games, but is only 2-6-1 in his NHL career when playing against brother Drew, a Red Wings forward, even though Drew has never scored a goal against him. … Vrbata had a goal and an assist in his first game back on the top line with the Sedins after failing to record a point the first six games on other lines.

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