Kyle Quincey‘s been out of the Red Wings lineup since Oct. 23.
And he won’t be back anytime soon.
On Wednesday, the club announced that Quincey would undergo surgery to repair an ankle injury, a procedure that will sideline him for the next six weeks.
The injury — which coincided with a concussion — occurred during training camp after Quincey stepped on teammate Justin Abdelkader‘s skate. Quincey said it’s not unlike the ailment he suffered last season, which required bone chips to be removed surgically.
Given that he could be out of Detroit’s lineup until January, Quincey’s loss is significant.
The 30-year-old was off to a nice start this season, with three points in his first three games while averaging 18 minutes per night. He’d also been pretty durable over the last two seasons — missing just nine games all told — and the Wings’ depth on defense has been tested lately, as Mike Green only just returned from an injury of his own.
In last night’s win over Washington, head coach Jeff Blashill leaned heavily on four d-men as Green, Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser and Jonathan Ericsson all played over 22 minutes.
Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko, meanwhile, were both held to under 15.
Three pretty sweet goals in this week’s collection.
First, a great solo marker from Flames rookie Sam Bennett, part of his two-point night in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh (which may have been Calgary’s best game of the season).
Second, Patrick Marleau’s “NHL ’94” goal, a thing of beauty.
Third, an outstanding collaborative effort between Brian Little (provider of the outlet pass), Blake Wheeeler (provider of the primary assist) and Alexander Burmistrov, who jumped out of the penalty box to score the game-winning goal against Toronto — with just 2:05 left on the clock.
Previously: McDavid, Toews, Zucker star in Goals of the Week
Dustin Brown, more like Charlie Brown.
After 14 games and nearly 50 shots on goal, Brown finally scored his first goal of the year in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Coyotes. It looked like a potential turning point for the Kings captain, who finally seemed to be clicking with linemates Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson — until head coach Darryl Sutter came in and dumped a bunch of water on it.
From LA Kings Insider:
On whether it was good to see Dustin Brown score:
“Hopefully he remembers how he did it. He’s got to play a power game. I’m not sure that was a part of his game tonight. The goal didn’t mean anything at the end.”
To be fair, 1) Brown’s game-opening goal really didn’t mean much in the end, and 2) The Brown-Kopitar-Pearson line was ineffective after a strong first period, registering just two shots on goal over the final 40 minutes.
It should also be noted that Sutter called out Brown last week.
“He hasn’t played very well lately,” the head coach said, per the L.A. Times. “He gets the opportunity to play with a special player [Anze Kopitar] and he’s got to perform. We’re getting into regular-season performances, based not just this year but over the last couple of seasons.
“[He] needs to be a better player.”
If there’s a silver lining in any of this, it’s that Sutter’s harping on Brown seems to be working in some capacity. The captain is currently riding a three-game point streak — his first point streak of the year — and Tuesday’s 16:35 of ice time was his highest total for the month of November.
Looks like the Young Stars will have quite the coaching staff at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Having already named Edmonton’s Todd McLellan as head coach, the Young Stars — a.k.a. Team North America — will reportedly announce that Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper, Arizona’s Dave Tippett and San Jose’s Peter DeBoer will join the staff as McLellan’s assistants, per Sportsnet.
Also joining will be Oilers assistant Jay Woodcroft, who came to Edmonton with McLellan from San Jose.
It’s an interesting group of coaches, given that team North America will be comprised of players under the age of 24. Cooper is one of the youngest coaches in the NHL and has received high praise for his work with a talented young Lightning team (one of his players, Jonathan Drouin, is expected to challenge for a spot on the team.)
Tippett, who’d previously earned a reputation as a coach that prefers working with veterans over youngsters, has done impressive work with an inexperienced Coyotes team this season.
Like Cooper, he’ll have some players looking to crack the North American roster, specifically Max Domi and Anthony Duclair.
For two teams that don’t see each other often and don’t have much history, the Devils and Canucks really got after each other on Sunday.
First, there was the Alex Burrows–Jordin Tootoo incident (read about that here and here).
Now? Bobby Farnham and Brandon Prust.
The story goes like this. Farnham, the energy guy New Jersey plucked off waivers from Pittsburgh, took on 19-year-old Vancouver rookie Jake Virtanen in a scrap on Sunday. Afterward, Farnham threw his hands up in an effort to spur on the Prudential Center faithful, and had some words for Virtanen in the penalty box.
That led to injured Canucks tough guy having some words for Farnham — via Twitter:
When told of Prust’s comments, Farnham tried to take the high road.
He initially said it “would be wrong of me to respond,” telling the Record that Virtanen is “a tough kid” that “did a great job for his team.”
But after discussing it for a bit, Farnham had a response for Prust.
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” he said. “I play that role to get under the other team’s skin and do it that way. There was a lot going on in that game and to be 3,000 miles away and say something doesn’t seem right and it doesn’t seem respond to something like that either.”
If you’re a fan of these shenanigans, the schedule makers have done you a favor. The Canucks and Devils will meet again very soon — on Nov. 22, but this time at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Should be a fun one.