Things are up and down in sick bay for the Red Wings.

They continue to lead the NHL in players' games lost to injury, during a season in which they are rebuilding their defense without benefit of more than a week of training camp and no preseason.

The injuries have taken a toll.

Meanwhile, coach Mike Babcock reiterated after practice Saturday that he is "happy with the team," and he will play the same squad that appeared against the Sharks Thursday against the Blackhawks Sunday, except that Jimmy Howard will return in goal.

That means veteran defenseman Ian White, who was paired with the retired Nicklas Lidstrom last season, will be a healthy scratch for a third consecutive game.

The defensive pairings remained the same at practice: Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith, and Jakub Kindl and the continually-impressive 22-year-old, Brian Lashoff.