Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would like to settle on his six defensemen before the regular season ends.

He used Wednesday's game at Saddledome against the Flames to give Kyle Quincey another shot, consequently pulling Carlo Colaiacovo from the lineup. Quincey played nearly 18 minutes in the 3-2 loss, and broke even in the plus/minus category when he set up Johan Franzen's goal shortly after being on for Steve Begin's short-handed goal.

The Wings used a first-round pick to get Quincey last year and re-signed him this summer, but he's struggled to establish himself as the top-four guy envisioned.

"Things haven't gone as good this last little bit, and he found himself out of the lineup for a couple of games," Babcock said. "We think he's capable of playing every day and being important for us. That's why he went back in here."

Quincey originally wasn't going to be in the lineup, but that changed after he stood out during Tuesday's practice. "Our guys that were supposed to be scratched worked real hard and competed real hard, and he was the hardest worker of that group," Babcock said. "That tells me something right there."