Ian White has not asked the Detroit Red Wings to trade him. But he has asked general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock how he figures into the team’s plans.

White is scheduled to be a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game tonight, against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. He hasn’t played since he was minus-2 in 23 shifts against the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 24.

“No, we’re not there yet. We’re not there yet,” White said of trade talk after today's morning skate. “But I was just voicing this is game five, and you play so many games in such a fast period that it can get away from you pretty quick. You look, after the weekend, it’ll be seven straight games if you don’t play.

“And for (Babcock's) sake, where do I fit? And for him, we have (Carlo) Colaiacovo coming back right away, too. So you just try to get a determination of where (Babcock) thinks you fit and where Ken thinks you fit -- now and going forward, as well.”

White, who was Nicklas Lidstrom's partner on the top defensive pairing last year, has gone from enjoying the limelight to fending off the pall cast by his lack of playing time and concern about losing his sharpness.

“Just mentally, you’ve got to stay positive,” White said. “Times like this, you question your abilities. You can’t do that. You’ve got to stay true to yourself.

“You’ve had success in the past, you know how to play the game. When you do get that next opportunity, you’ve just got to go back to playing the way you know how.”

While White remains certain of his ability, he is entirely uncertain about when he will be able to display it again.