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by George Malik on 03/16/13 at 01:22 AM ET
The Red Wings suffered a significant personnel loss in their 3-2 OT win over Edmonton. Kyle Quincey accidentally deflected a shot into his own face, and the team believes that his cheek might be broken, as noted by the Free Press's Helene St. James...
Quincey was hit by a puck that ramped up Quincey's stick and hit him in the face during the third period of Friday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Oilers at Rexall Place. He was well enough to walk out of the arena, but team doctors wanted him to get an X-Ray - which wasn't available at Rexall - and fear the pressure of flying would be too much for Quincey. He stayed behind in Edmonton with assistant trainer Russ Baumann,
"We don't want him to fly in case he's got something broken," general manager Ken Holland said. "We'll find out in the morning."
The Wings have Ian White and Kent Huskins available as healthy options to enter the lineup. White has more ability with the puck, and is the likelier replacement especially since the Wings also need someone to fill in for Quincey on the power play.
Quincey had a goal and an assist, and was a plus-8 in 26 games. He missed two games with a rolled ankle.
And MLive's Ansar Khan:
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey might have suffered a fractured left cheek bone when he was hit by the puck late in the third period of Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
The Red Wings said Quincey will not travel to Vancouver for Saturday's game because they don't want him to fly in case the bone is fractured.
The arena apparently doesn't have X-ray equipment. Quincey will be re-evaluated on Saturday.“Docs want him to stay here; they don’t want any pressure, so they’ll get him looked at,'' coach Mike Babcock said. "There’s no X-ray, I can’t believe that.” Quincey was injured when the puck rode up his stick from a shot by Jordan Eberle and hit him in the face.
Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirms:
Fearing that Kyle Quincey may have a fractured cheekbone when he was struck by a third-period shot Friday night, the veteran defenseman stayed in Alberta after the Red Wings’ 3-2 overtime win over the Oilers at Rexall Place. Immediately following the game, the Wings traveled, without Quincey, to Vancouver where they will play the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday night.
Coach Mike Babcock said that Quincey wouldn’t travel to British Columbia with the team for fear that cabin pressure in the airplane would cause greater damage if in fact he has a fractured cheekbone. Oilers team physicians examined Quincey at Rexall Place, but apparently the arena doesn’t possess a X-ray machine that could rule out a fracture that would have allowed him to travel.
“Docs want him to stay here. They don’t want any pressure, so they’ll get him looked at,” Babcock said. “There’s no X-ray, I can’t believe that.”
It’s expected that Quincey will travel to Vancouver after he is re-examined on Saturday, but will not play. The Red Wings do have two veteran defensemen on the trip. Both Ian White and Kent Huskins have been healthy scratches recently. White will likely be inserted in the lineup for Quincey, who has a goal and an assist in 26 games this season.
Friday was a rough night, physically, for Quincey, who was first sent face-first into the end boards as he skated behind the Red Wings’ net to retrieve a loose puck. Oilers center Teemu Hartikainen received a minor penalty for boarding as he left his feet to drill Quincey into the boards at 5:01 of the second period. But it was in the third period when Quincey suffered the facial injury when a puck rode up the shaft of his stick from a shot by Oilers center Jordan Eberle. Quincey was helped off the ice by Red Wings trainer Piet Van Zant and did not return to the game.
Last month, Quincey needed more than 20 stitches to close a large cut on his chin when he was cross-checked in the face by Devin Setoguchi. The Minnesota forward was later fined $8,108.11, the maximum amount allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.
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