Red Wings defenseman Ian White got his chance.

White, who had been a healthy scratch the last six games, returned to the Red Wings lineup Sunday against Columbus.

With White re-entering the lineup, coach Mike Babcock sat defenseman Brian Lashoff.

White played 16 minutes, 4 seconds in the 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on 20 shifts. He was plus-one, and was credited with one hit.

White has one goal and one assist in 15 games this season, and is a minus-1. The veteran defenseman expressed disappointment and surprise when he was benched two weeks ago.

Babcock was honest in assessing White's play, which led to the benching.

"Well, he just didn't play very well. the last six going into this game," said Babcock Sunday afternoon. "He was minus-seven (in the plus-minus statistic). That math just doesn't work.

"I go through this time and time again with the players, with the media, with everyone — the players decide who plays, not me. If you play good, you get to keep playing (and) if you don't …?"

White said last week he met with Babcock and general manager Ken Holland but didn't ask Holland for a trade.

Babcock was quick to say Lashoff, who has been impressive since being recalled from Grand Rapids, did nothing to get removed from the lineup.

"There's nothing wrong with Lash's game," Babcock said. "We just want to change, here, for a day."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130311/SPORTS0103/303110350#ixzz2NEmemVe2