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DETROIT >> Justin Abdelkader didn’t practice Thursday. Wings general manager Ken Holland said he was given a maintenance day and should be fine to go Friday.

Stephen Weiss filled in on his line with Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.

Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) and Daniel Cleary (healthy) were in gray.

Jimmy Howard will start Friday and Jonas Gustavsson will start in the rematch against the Leafs Saturday at home.

Datsyuk out Wednesday and most likely through the weekend; Nyquist remains on top line

DETROIT >> Quick update from Wings’ practice Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Pavel Datsyuk has ruled himself out for Wednesday’s home game against the Boston Bruins and it doesn’t seem look like, at least from his response, he’ll be available for the home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday and Saturday.

Datsyuk was expected to miss roughly four weeks from the time he suffered a separated shoulder on Sept. 22.

He skated in gray with Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary, both of whom were healthy scratches the first two games.

Wings coach Mike Babcock kept his lines intact from Monday’s practice, which meant Gustav Nyquist will be skating on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.

“If you score goals it gives you confidence so that’s a nice start, but it doesn’t really matter who scores,” said Nyquist, who has tallied two of the Wings’ goal goals thus far. “We’re playing as a team and as a team I think we’ve started pretty good.”

Franzen has three assists.

Datsyuk setting up and scoring goals in practice

DETROIT >> Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) practiced in a gray jersey Monday, which is for players injured or healthy scratches.

“We had a little competition at the end, he set up two goals and scored one himself so it looks to me like he’s … I don’t know,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “That’s the good thing about it, I don’t get to decide.”

Datsyuk was expected to miss roughly four weeks from the time he suffered a separated shoulder on Sept. 22.

Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary also practiced in gray jerseys. Both were healthy scratches the first two games.

Babcock keep Nyquist on top line; fourth line logging minutes through two games

DETROIT >> Quick update from Wings’ practice Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

It appears as if coach Mike Babcock is going with the same group he’s played with the first two games of the season as Stephen Weiss, Daniel Cleary and Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) all wore gray jerseys.

Weiss and Cleary were healthy scratches the first two games, while Datsyuk is still coming back from injury.

Babcock did keep Gustav Nyquist on the top line along with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.

That moved Justin Abdelkader down with Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.

A lot of the talk after practice was how well the fourth line of Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Joakim Andersson have done thus far.

Miller and Glendening have after 14 minutes of ice time a game, while Andersson is just under 13.

“I think we’ve played both games good,” Andersson said. “We’re a hardworking line, play smart and good defensively. We worked hard down low in their end and some success there, we didn’t score, well Glenny scored there without us. We played well.”

That line was elevated to check Anaheim’s second line in Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Louis Arena.

“(Babcock) probably thought we’d play against him so we’re happy we got a lot of minutes there even though we started on fourth line,” Andersson said.

“You get out there, try and have as much O-zone time as you can and put pressure on their D,” Miller said. “I thought our lined played well (against Anaheim) and on top of that I think our penalty kill has been doing good.

“Even looking at last year there are nights where we’re matched up defensively against one of the top lines so you’re going to play more minutes,” Miller continued. “It’s just whatever the circumstances call for, but most teams four line minutes are 6-7 whereas here it’s like 9-10.”

Wings set to meet with agents for Niskanen, Boyle and many others Thursday in Philadelphia

DETROIT >> The ability of teams to meet with pending free agents prior to the signing date helped the Wings land Daniel Alfredsson last season.

They hope it helps them land another top free agent, this time a defenseman, when players can finally sign on July 1.

“I like it,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It’s excellent for the players.”

The time to “wine and dine” free agents began Wednesday.

The Wings’ top priority this free agent period is landing a top-four defenseman, one that preferably is a right-handed shot. They would also like to acquire a top-six forward if terms are right.

Defensemen Dan Boyle (New York Islanders) and Matt Niskanen (Pittsburgh) seem to be the perfect fit and the Wings will meet with their agents Thursday in Philadelphia.

Niskanen, 27, is most likely looking for a lengthy deal, probably a maximum seven years, to sign, which the Wings would be OK with, but they’re not going to break the bank to get him. They may not want to pay him much more annually than what Niklas Kronwall ($4.75 million) is making.

Boyle is older, he’ll turn 38 next month, and reportedly drawing interest from a number of teams, including Toronto and the New York Rangers.

Other possible blue line targets are Anton Stralman (Rangers), Tom Gilbert (Florida) and Stephane Robidas (Anaheim).

“Before you’d get to signing day and the player and team would have to make a decision in like an hour or two,” Holland said. “Now teams have the opportunity to let players know they have interest and to tell them how they would fit in on our team.”

This is the second year of this “pitching” period, which was written into the latest collective bargaining agreement.

But unlike last year, teams can now discuss general parameters of a contract, but they still can’t make an offer or reach any agreement.

“It’s an opportunity to see what’s out there, to talk to players we got some interest in, let them know what we’re thinking,” Holland said. “It’s an opportunity to sell your program.”

Last season the Wings’ pitch to Alfredsson convinced the long-time forward to leave Ottawa where he had spent his entire career and sign with Detroit.

They also did the same to sign Stephen Weiss, who had spent his entire career with the Florida Panthers.

Detroit has close to $54 million tied up in 18 players for next season, which includes the $3 million from bonuses for Alfredsson, Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar that carry over from last season.

With the salary cap projected at nearly $70 million, it’ll leave the Wings close to $16 million to spend, some of which will go to resigning restricted free agents Riley Sheahan, DeKeyser and Tatar.

“Ideally, we’ll make a move on the back end and add one more forward,” Holland said. “We’re going to wait until June 30 to see if we’re going to do anything with our guys.”

Defenseman Kyle Quincey, who’s unrestricted, is expected to hit the open market.

Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary, who was promised a possible extension after signing a one-year deal on the first day of training camp, could both re-signed as well.

“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said last week.

Cleary, 35, struggled last season. In 52 games he totaled four goals, four assists and had a minus-11 rating.

Cleary tried to return from a knee injury he suffered before the Olympic break, but a bad reaction to an injection that he had no side effects two times earlier made his knee inflamed.

“He’s coming off a real tough season,” Holland said. “I know he’s working really hard to try and get some leg strength to give himself the best opportunity he can for a bounce back year.”

Cleary spurned a professional tryout from the Philadelphia Flyers and wound up signing a one-year deal to return to the Wings for $1.75 million on the eve of training camp.

He also shot down a report that he was offered a three-year deal worth $2.75 million a season to join the Flyers.

Signing Cleary put the Wings three players over the roster limit and just over $2 million over the salary cap.

Cleary had rejected the Wings’ two- and three-year offers prior to the opening of free agency they moved on and signed Alfredsson (one year, $5.5 million) and Weiss (five years, $24.5 million).

Teams begin first day of sales pitches to free agents

DETROIT >> The ability of teams to meet with pending free agents prior to the signing date helped the Wings land Daniel Alfredsson last season.

They’re hoping it does the same this time around.

“I like it,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview. “It’s excellent for the players.”

The time to “wine and dine” free agents began Wednesday. Teams can begin signing players on July 1.

“Before you’d get to signing day and the player and team would have to make a decision in like an hour or two,” Holland said. “Now teams have the opportunity to let players know they have interest and to tell them how they would fit in on our team.

“It’s an opportunity to see what’s out there, to talk to players we got some interest in, let them know what we’re thinking,” Holland added. “It’s an opportunity to sell your program.”

Last season the Wings’ pitch to Alfredsson convinced the long-time forward to leave Ottawa where he had spent his entire career and sign with Detroit.

They also did the same to sign Stephen Weiss, who had spent his entire career with the Florida Panthers.

This is the second year of this “meet and greet” period, which was written into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But unlike last year, teams can now discuss general parameters of a contract, but they still can’t make an offer or reach any agreement.

The Wings’ top priority this free agent period is landing a top-four defenseman, one that preferably is a right-handed shot. They would also like to acquire top-six forward if terms are right.

Defenseman Dan Boyle (New York Islanders) seems to be the perfect fit for the Wings.

Detroit has close to $54 million tied up in 18 players for next season, which includes the $3 million from bonuses for Daniel Alfredsson, Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar that carry over from last season.

With the salary cap projected at nearly $70 million it’ll leave the Wings close to $16 million to spend some of which will go to resigning restricted free agents Riley Sheahan, DeKeyser and Tatar.

“Ideally, we’ll make a move on the back end and add one more forward,” Holland said. “We’re going to wait until June 30 to see if we’re going to do anything with our guys.”

Defenseman Kyle Quincey, who’s unrestricted, is expected to hit the open market.

Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary, who was promised a possible extension after signing a one-year deal on the first day of training camp, could both re-signed as well.

“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said.

Cleary, 35, struggled last season. In 52 games he totaled four goals, four assists and had a minus-11 rating.

Cleary tried to return from a knee injury he suffered before the Olympic break, but a bad reaction to an injection that he had no side effects two times earlier made his knee inflamed.

“He’s coming off a real tough season,” Holland said. “I know he’s working really hard to try and get some leg strength to give himself the best opportunity he can for a bounce back year.”

Cleary spurned a professional tryout from the Philadelphia Flyers and wound up signing a one-year deal to return to the Wings for $1.75 million on the eve of training camp.

He also shot down a report that he was offered a three-year deal worth $2.75 million a season to join the Flyers.

Signing Cleary put the Wings three players over the roster limit and just over $2 million over the salary cap.

Cleary had rejected the Wings’ two- and three-year offers prior to the opening of free agency they moved on and signed Alfredsson (one year, $5.5 million) and Weiss (five years, $24.5 million).

After bad reaction to knee injection, there’s an outside possibility Cleary could miss the rest of the season

DETROIT >> Daniel Cleary had a procedure done to help his knee for the Wings’ stretch run after the Winter Olympics.

Instead, Cleary has found himself sidelined indefinitely.

Cleary had a painkiller called Synvic One injected in his knee, which is a natural substance that lubricates and cushions knee joints.

It’s a procedure that he’s had done twice earlier and had no side effects.

This time his knee became inflamed.

“There’s like a one percent chance of getting a reaction out of it and I was that one percent,” Cleary said Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. “It just swelled up real bad, took three weeks for the swelling to go away. I had to drain it numerous times. So now it’s starting to feel better.

“It’s been mentally trying,” Cleary added. “I’m looking to get back on the ice in the next few days.”

Tomas Holmstrom had a similar reaction to the same injection two years ago that made him miss a decent amount of time.

“A lot of people have had it,” Cleary said. “It helps and I wanted to do it for the last 20 games and make the transition to the playoffs like easier, I guess you could say, and I had a one percent reaction. It’s quite fitting, actually, how you see we’ve gone this year with injuries on the team. It’s like, really? That’s how it’s been.”

Detroit is second in the league in man games lost according to mangameslost.com at 379.

“I think the guys are playing great, tip your hat to them,” Cleary said. “I think the objective for anybody who’s hurt is to make yourself available and to get healthy. You want to have as many guys on board as you can.”

Cleary has missed the past 22 games, including all 17 since returning from the Olympic break.

“No, I don’t,” Cleary said when asked if he had a timeframe of when he thought he could return. “It’s been so long. Once you shut it down for so long, you’ve got to rebuild it back up. It’s taken a little while.

“Obviously, you train off the ice,” Cleary continued. “You’re out a week or 10 days or a month or two months, whatever it is, there’s nothing like game condition no matter what you do so you’ve got to get in games, that type of setting. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to get it so we’ll see.”

There’s an outside possibility that Cleary could miss the rest of the season because of the injection.

“It could be if I’m not able to get it as strong as I need to get it but I’m working towards that,” Cleary said. “Rehab and not playing is way harder than playing. Let’s put it that way. You try to get out of that (training room) as quick as you can.”

Cleary last skated on his own Saturday.

“You don’t really want to get in the way,” Cleary said. “You want to make sure that you’re going so you can become a part of it rather than get in the way.”