Xavier Ouellet's tenure as a Detroit Red Wings appears tenuous, but he will try to capitalize on every opportunity, chances that have been few and far between.

Ouellet is in the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres at Little Caesars Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit), but the Red Wings made it clear some time ago that he is available by Monday's trade deadline.

Ouellet, a healthy scratch in 23 of the previous 32 games, could benefit from a change of scenery, but he's not campaigning for it.

"As of today, I'm a Red Wing and I want to be a Red Wing and I want to play," Ouellet said. "The main thing for me is I need to get on the ice, I need to play. I need to be ready and I need to do what I can do."

Ouellet appeared to be one of the organization's building blocks on defense a few years ago. Former coach Mike Babcock often praised him and voiced his displeasure that he wasn't up from the AHL sooner.

But after appearing in 66 games in 2016-17 and the first 27 this season, Ouellet has been a regular healthy scratch. Coach Jeff Blashill favors Nick Jensen, who's played all but one game, due to his skating ability. That's something Ouellet, who's only 24, has tried to improve.