NHL notes: Red Wings' Kyle Quincey out with broken cheek bone
|Red Wings defenceman Kyle Quincey tries to jump over Wild forward Mikael Granlund at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., Jan. 25, 2013. (GREGORY SHAMUS/Getty Images/AFP)
Just what the Detroit Red Wings needed, another long-term injury to one of their defencemen.
Kyle Quincey is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with multiple fractures in his cheek bone, according to MLive.com. The 27-year-old was hit in the face by the puck during Friday's 3-2 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers.
"It sounds like he's going to need surgery," Wings coach Mike Babcock told MLive.com. "It's disappointing for him. Kyle was starting to skate better and be more effective for us."
Quincey has just one goal and one assist in 26 games but has logged a lot of minutes lately -- more than 20 minutes in seven of the last eight games -- for a team that has seen its share of injuries to blueliners this season.
The Red Wings also sent forward Gustav Nyquist back to Grand Rapids of the AHL.
STAAL WILL PLAY
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal believes his brother Marc, a defenceman with the New York Rangers, will play again this season.
Marc Staal took a puck to the eye area during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers March 5, an injury that many expected would end his season.
"I believe so, he still needs time to heal but he's looking forward to getting back as soon as he can," Jordan told reporters. -He's doing well. He's slowly getting there. Obviously, there's still a little more healing to be done, but things are looking up for him."
Jordan Staal confirmed that his brother has fractures in his face but had no idea how long Marc would be out of action. His vision is not 100% yet but is expected to be by the time he plays again.
Boston Bruins forward David Krejci doesn't have a broken bone in his leg and is listed as day-to-day after limping off the ice Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It was feared that Krejci's injury -- he took a shot from teammate Johnny Boychuk off the leg -- was serious but it sounds as if he won't miss much time. The 26-year-old is second on the team in points with seven goals and 17 assists.
'There's no broken bones," Bruins coach Claude Julien said on the team's website. "It's nothing serious to the point where we're talking about weeks. Right now, we're dealing with it as a day-to-day situation. We'll see how he feels tomorrow and we'll progress from there."
The Bruins called up Ryan Spooner from Providence of the AHL Monday in case Krejci can't play Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets. Spooner has 12 goals and 33 assists in 50 games with Providence this season.
The Washington Capitals called up defenceman Dmitry Orlov from Hershey of the AHL. Orlov, who had three goals and 16 assists in 60 games with the Caps last season, will fill in for injured Tom Poti ... St. Louis Blues centre Andy McDonald will play Tuesday against Vancouver, according to NHL.com. He hasn't been in the lineup since suffering a knee injury Feb. 23 against Columbus ... Chris Stewart of the Blues was named the NHL's first star of the week. Ottawa forward Kyle Turris was second star and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky the third.