Babcock said Smith is back in the lineup tomorrow in place of White.
Smith was a minus-5 in his last five games which led to him being a healthy scratch in the Red WIngs last two games. He is Detroit's top-defensive prospect and at the age of 24. He has five assists in 26 games this season.
Brendan Smith says he has AC sprain of right shoulder. Out 3-4 weeks he estimates.
The original diagnosis for Smith's return was 10-14 days so 3-4 weeks isn't good news for Smith and Red Wings fans. Smith has played well for the Wings this year but it hasn't shown up on the scoresheet. He won't be fantasy relevant until he can score with some regularity.
Coach Mike Babcock made it official after today's morning skate, confirming that Smith will be in the lineup, paired with Niklas Kronwall, when Detroit plays the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion (10:30, Fox Sports Net Detroit).
Smith will suit up with Niklas Kronwall in a top-four role. His assignment puts him in good position to put up some counting stats.