The Detroit Red Wings will go to battle against the division-leading St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night without the help of defensemen Kyle Quincey. Quincey was suspended by the NHL for one game because of his elbow against Florida Panthers’ winger Tomas Kopecky during Sunday afternoon’s game. Quincey was given a 5-minute major penalty to go along with his game misconduct for the incident.
Brendan Shanahan, former Red Wing, and current Senior Vice President for Player Safety and Hockey Operations gave this video as an explanation of why Quincey was suspended. Shanahan said that by leaving his feet, Quincey violated rule 42 that says “A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on any player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.” Quincey will miss one game because the play was illegal, but Kopecky quickly returned to the ice and Quincey has no prior history of poor behavior (zero fines or suspensions).
Quincey, who was acquired near the trade deadline from the Colorado Avalanche, has been solid for the Red Wings outside of the time he missed due to his injured groin. He has two goals and an assist to go along with his 30 hits in the 16 games he has played in the red and white.
Expect Brendan Smith to take the majority of Quincey’s ice time on Wednesday against the Blues. This game will be important for both teams, as St. Louis is in a fight with the Vancouver Canucks for first overall seed in the Western Conference playoffs, while the Red Wings are fighting for the 4th position and home-ice advantage in the first round against either the Nashville Predators or Chicago Blackhawks.