DETROIT — Patrick Eaves (foot) won’t play in the final three preseason games for the Wings.
Wings general manager Ken Holland said he hopes Eaves will resume skating next week and be ready for the season opener against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 8.
“If he’s not ready for opening night, he’ll be real close,” Holland said. “The foot is a little swollen but nothing significant.”
Defenseman Derek Meech (concussion) is scheduled to see a specialist. He hopes to be cleared to state Friday or Saturday.
DETROIT — Kris Draper skated on his own for about 10 minutes at Joe Louis Arena, in sweat pants.
“Gingerly, I guess you can say,” Draper said about how he skated.
Trainer Piet Van Zant monitored Draper’s time on the ice.
“I didn’t push it, but it felt good just to put the skates on,” Draper said. “Mentally it felt good. It’s definitely going in the right direction.”
Wings coach Mike Babcock has already ruled Draper out for the season opener on Oct. 8 against the Anaheim Ducks.
DETROIT — The Wings assigned five more players to Grand Rapids on Thursday, forwards Tomas Tatar, Francis Pare, Brent Raedeke and Jamie Johnson and goalie Jordan Pearce.
Detroit now has 35 players on its training camp roster.
Here is the lineup Wings coach Mike Babcock will go with Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.
Earlier in the week, Babcock had planned on playing Chris Osgood in goal, but decided to let Joey MacDonald and Thomas McCollum split the time.
Osgood will got the distance in the preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jimmy Howard will play Saturday in Toronto.
DETROIT — Patrick Eaves injured his ankle early in practice on Wednesday, but says it’s nothing serious.
“I just kind of tripped and fell over myself and tweaked my ankle a little bit,” Eaves said. “It’s nothing serious.”
Eaves, who was scheduled to play tonight against the New York Rangers, did say he was going to see a doctor.”
Tomas Tatar replaced him in the lineup.
Goalie Chris Osgood practiced Wednesday and said he’s fine.
“I don’t know when it happened (Saturday),” Osgood said. “I feel a lot better than I did. I’ll play a game this weekend.”
Babcock said Osgood will play Friday.
Babcock also added that Mike Modano will play Friday and Sunday.
DETROIT — The Wings trimmed their roster yesterday, sending forwards Willie Coetzee, Ilari Filppula and Jamie Tardif, along with defensemen Travis Ehrhardt, Sergei Kolosov, Sebastien Piche and Logan Pyett and goalie Thomas McCollum to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.
The Wings also released forward Aaron Downey and defenseman Greg Amadio.
Here is the lineup the Wings are taking to play the Rangers on Wednesday.
Johan Franzen-Valtteri Filppula-Todd Bertuzzi
Jiri Hudler-Justin Abdelkader-Drew Miller
Mattias Ritola-Darren Helm-Patrick Eaves
Joakim Andersson-Corey Emmerton-Jan Mursak
Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson
Jabub Kindl-Brian Rafalski
Doug Janik-Brendan Smith