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by George Malik on 03/30/12 at 01:05 PM ET
Paul for George who is improving.
The beat writers report from the morning skate that Jimmy Howard will start tonight.
added 11:43am, Quincey is a healthy scratch.
added 12:21pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Goaltender Jimmy Howard is returning to lead the Detroit Red Wings in goal with five games remaining before the playoffs.
The Wings host the Predators at 7:30 tonight Howard hasn’t played since re-aggravating a groin injury March 19 against Washington, but coach Mike Babcock decided he’s the best man for the job as the Wings look to pad their one-point lead on fourth place in the Western Conference.
“Everything seems to be OK,” Babcock said. “He says he’s feeling good about himself, so obviously, we’d like to get him going.”
Babcock is making one other change to tonight’s lineup, as he’s pulling defenseman Kyle Quincey, whom the Wings acquired a week before the trade deadline, and inserting reserve d-man Jakub Kindl. Quincey hasn’t had a particularly slick transition since joining the Wings a month ago, but Babcock made a point of saying nothing should be read into this decision other than that he wants everyone to play before the playoffs.
“We have seven D,” Babcock said. “We believe we really have depth on D. I told the D before the Columbus game we’re going to have a rotation. I wouldn’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about that. That’s just what I decided to do. I thought Kuba’s played great his last five or six games. So you’ll see a different guy out next guy.”
added 12:45pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Defenseman Kyle Quincey perplexed in being a healthy scratch tonight against Nashville.
“I don’t know what the plan is,” Quincey said when asked if there was a rotation on the blue line. “You guys are telling me more than I know. I’ll just come to the rink everyday and work hard.
“I’m not surprised,” Quincey added. “We have seven great D. It is what it is. Obviously you want to be playing, you’re a hockey player. I would like to be playing.”
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