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DETROIT – Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (knee) skated Saturday and said he’s ready for Wednesday’s season opener at home against the Buffalo Sabres.

– Stephen Weiss (groin) didn’t skate after leaving Friday’s game early.

“It’s more of a maintenance thing,” said Weiss, who didn’t need tests done to determine the extent of the injury. “Let it settle down a bit and take a couple of days and get back after it on Monday.”

– Jordin Tootoo (shoulder) skated, but didn’t take part in drills.

– Wings coach Mike Babcock’s impressions this preseason, “I don’t have a whole bunch of themes. I’d like to see the power play be dangerous. Last night with (Daniel) Alfredsson on it that was really important. Other than that we’ve worked on trying to get better at moving the puck. We still make some poor decisions on the back end with reads and that comes with experience, that’s why you play those kids so much in exhibition. Like any year we’re a work in progress. You’re concerned, are you going to be good enough? We feel the same way every year at this time.”

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