Thread: Injury Report: Ian White out 2-3 weeks
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01-23-2013, 11:15 AM
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For as awful as the injuries are to have, it's a positive that Babcock is going to be able to get a feeling for the skill level of the defensemen that Detroit has. When Lidstrom and Stuart were there, it seems like nobody was really forced to step up and out of their comfort zone because Babcock had a really great d-man who could skate for 30 minutes a night if needed, and he stayed healthy all year.

The depth wasn't really needed too much, but now it is. Now it's quite possible that this team ends up icing half a squad of Grand Rapids d-men if people continue getting injured, and that is scary, but it's also potential for someone like Lashoff to step in and prove to be valuable.

Kindl may finally get his shot at playing a decent amount of hockey, he may finally get that powerplay ice time. Smith may be able to show exactly how valuable he can be (if he ever gets off that line with Quincey, oh my god). This really does give some of these guys time to step up.

The scariest thing about the White injury is that right now Detroit has lost now over half of the ice time they gave out per game to d-men last year. Lidstrom, White, and Stuart combined for almost 70 minutes of ice time per game.

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