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Wings d-man Ian White will be a healthy scratch tonight

Feb 27, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

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Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock appears to be sending a message to veteran defenseman Ian White.

Per the Red Wings’ Twitter account, White will be a healthy scratch tonight in Los Angeles against the Kings.

Defenseman Kent Huskins will also sit and watch, while Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith will return to the lineup to fill the two spots on the blue line.

White has one goal and one assist in 14 games. The 28-year-old was minus-2 in Saturday’s 8-3 victory over Vancouver and is a combined minus-6 in his last six games.

White missed five games earlier this season with a left leg laceration that required surgery.

Update: Here’s more, from’s Ansar Khan…


  1. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Not surprising…seems to have lost the plot; no intensity, back-pedalling when he should be standing up, give-aways. Time to get with it Ian, take charge…the long bus rides in the A can always help an under-achiever bring his game to focus.

    • polegojim - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      Same thought as earlier… the cream is rising to the top.

      TooToo is have a MUCH larger impact then several of the ‘veteran’ Wings D-men.

      Ian needs to step up or ship out. No more skating on others players… jersey’s.

      Not too far behind Ian is Justin.

  2. geo91 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Inserting Smith and Quincey for those two is a big upgrade, here’s to hoping this lineup choice sticks

  3. hockeydon10 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    It’s been said by one of the best hockey minds of all time, putting any player on a defense pairing with Lidstrom and that player will end up having one career year after another.

    Is this what White’s problem really is?

  4. nicwel - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Ian, you were -2 when the team put up 8. Collect those thoughts, and get back to the way you used to play.

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