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Khan: Sproul and Ouellet won’t begin the playoffs with the Red Wings; they’re headed back to GR

MLive's Ansar Khan revealed the fates of Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet in recapping the Wings' 3-0 win over St. Louis on Sunday:

Sproul become the ninth player to make his NHL debut for the Red Wings this season. He logged 18:25, recording three shots, two blocked shots and two hits – including a big one on Derek Roy against the boards.

“It’s not really my style of game, but when I can do it, it definitely fires me up a little bit,” Sproul said.

Sproul, the big right-handed shooter, logged 3:25 on the power play.

“He’s 6-foot-4, he can skate, he shoots BBs and he’s smart and he moves the puck,” Babcock said. “Ouellet makes the right play each and every time. They’re good.”

Ouellet, more a stay-at-home defender but also a good puck-mover, logged 16:21 and played on the penalty kill. It was his fourth game with the Red Wings this season. Both will head back to Grand Rapids for the Griffins’ final two regular season games next week and their playoff run.

“Even though it is the end of the year, it’s nice to get that (game) and I’m hoping the best for these guys in the playoffs,” Sproul said.

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