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Surgery for Quincey?

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings
Kyle Quincey said he'll meet with a doctor next week regarding his injured right ankle. Said Thursday if surgery is deemed necessary that he could miss up to six weeks. (Photo by Getty Images)

TAYLOR, Mich. -- It looks like the Red Wings will be without Kyle Quincey for a while.

Quincey has not skated since playing Oct. 23 in Calgary.

Quincey suffered a concussion after a hit by Calgary's Sam Bennett but that is no longer the problem.

"It’s my right ankle," Quincey said after the Wings practiced at the Taylor Sportsplex Thursday. "Going to the doctors, get their opinions and seeing their options. Concussion all clear. Been working now for about a week now, I feel good."

Last May, Quincey underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his left ankle.

Now Quincey will meet with doctors next week to determine whether his right ankle needs surgery as well.

"It's tough for him in particular," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Guys want to play. I think he's had a real good start to the year and done a real good job for us. But as I've said lots and as we've dealt with through the course of the season, we'll continue to focus on the guys we have available to us."

Quincey said the problem started the first day of training camp.

"I was hoping that after playing through it that it would get slowly better over the season, but with this injury that won’t be the case, it’s only going to get worse and worse," Quincey said.

It appears that existing weakness in the ankle may have contributed to the issue.

"What I’ve been hearing it’s hockey injuries from junior, pro, like just really bad ankle sprains," Quincey said. "My last ankle I broke and dislocated it really, really bad in Junior B when I was 16, that’s what caused that one. This one, similar things, there wasn’t a huge break when I was younger, just some bad injuries growing up."

Quincey said since the Wings had already started their offseason when he had the previous surgery last May, he didn't need to rush his rehabilitation.

If Quincey has to have surgery, he said it would be about a six-week recovery period.

"It’s very, very frustrating," Quincey said. "I felt I got off to a pretty good start dealing with it. We had a couple pictures done and they didn’t like what they saw. It’s a little different than being in March, it’s November, October."

Captain Henrik Zetterberg knows what it's like to play through pain before finally undergoing surgery.

With Zetterberg, it was his back.

"He’s got to do it right, get healthy and when he’s back he’s going to be a better player," Zetterberg said.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY: In the last few games, the Wings have moved the puck more quickly and effectively while cutting down on turnovers.

"I think we reemphasized using our D to get out of our zone a little bit more," Blashill said. Just really the D wanting and calling for pucks and being a real factor in helping us have five guys as a unit get out of our zone. A lot of times when you turn pucks over it's because you don't have options. It probably works in reverse that the more options you have, the less chance you're going to turn pucks over."

The Wings have made it a focus this season to operate as a five-man unit on the ice.

"I think we’re keeping the defensive end tighter and once we’re getting the puck we’re getting the D-men involved," Zetterberg said. "It’s something we worked on a lot in camp but we kind of got away from it but last three games I think it’s been better and we’re seeing the results from it."

Many of the players have said better on-ice communication is also important.

"(Chris Chelios is) all over me all the time to make sure we tell them to talk," Blashill said. "I think it's just something that as a habit, we've got to continue to remind them in practice to talk, to talk, to talk, just like stopping in front of the net, if you do it in practice you'll do it in games. The same thing in terms of communicating, it makes the game way easier if we can talk to each other."

HALL OF FAME GAME: For the second time, the Wings will be participating in the annual Hall of Fame game in Toronto.

Nick Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov are two of the inductees going into the Hall of Fame and they'll be on the ice before Friday night's game.

"It is special," Zetterberg said. "Especially when you played with them. It’s a big honor to get into the Hall of Fame and then it’s fun for us who played with those guys to be a little bit a part of it."

Blashill said it will be fun to be on the bench for this game.

"I think as a fan of hockey, I have great appreciation for what those two guys did for the game, or for what all those people did for the game, I should say, everybody involved with it," Blashill said. "The Hall of Fame's a special thing. Hockey does it right. It's hard to get inducted and those that get it deserve it. They're generational players so it's a cool thing to be a part of. Obviously you know, at that point our focus will be on trying to get two points."

DATSYUK STILL WORKING: Pavel Datsyuk continues to practice with the team but will not travel to Toronto.

"He looks great," Zetterberg said. "It’s fun to see him out there, fun to see him smiling, see him healthy. It’s a big boost for us to have him out there skating with us. He’s getting closer and closer."

The plan still remains for Datsyuk to return mid-month after having surgery last June to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle.

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