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Quincey's broken facial bone worse than first thought

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Oilers center Teemu Hartikainen left his feet to make a hit from behind on Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey during the second period of Friday's game at Rexall Place. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT – It took a half a day for Kyle Quincey to definitively learn that he had a fractured cheekbone. And on Monday, another nugget of bad news came to light when team doctors told the Red Wings defenseman that the facial bone was broken in multiple spots.

Doctors wouldn’t rule out surgery, but they can’t make a final diagnosis until more swelling goes down.

“Quincey got checked by the doctors today,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He sees (the eye doctor) tomorrow, still won't know anything because of the swelling. Will re-evaluate in a week, but he's got multiple fractures.”

The loss of Quincey – who will likely be out a minimum of 4-6 weeks – definitely hurts the Red Wings on the back end. The veteran had really started playing well. He had a goal and an assist with a plus-8 rating in 26 games.

Quincey suffered the facial injury Friday night during the third period of the Red Wings’ 3-2 overtime win at Edmonton. He was struck in the face when a puck rode up the shaft of his stick from a shot by Oilers center Jordan Eberle.

Fortunately, the Red Wings had nine defensemen up at the time of Quincey’s injury.

Veteran defenseman Ian White replaced Quincey in the lineup Saturday in Vancouver. It’s expected that he’ll play Wednesday when the Red Wings host the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings also have an insurance card in veteran journeyman Kent Huskins, who is up with the big club and available to play.

“What are you going to do? We've been talking about this all year,” Babcock said. “The rest of it doesn't matter. We got to find a way to win a game. We found a way last game, we got to find away again.”

Beyond Huskins, depth on the back end becomes a problem as they’re still without veteran defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, who has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since the season’s opening week.

“I don't know anything about Carlo's situation, but White played the last game and did a fine job,” Babcock said. “He's just got to get himself rolling like he can, get his confidence to the highest level and play.”

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