DeKeyser confident he’ll be ready for opener; Tootoo still ailing

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (knee) is confident he’ll be ready for Wednesday’s season opener at home against the Buffalo Sabres.

“I feel good,” DeKeyser said. “I kind of twisted it a little bit in the last game but it’s kind of precautionary, a little sore after that. Make sure it was 100 percent before I get out there again.”

DeKeyser’s foot got caught in a rut against (Sidney) Crosby in the third period of Wednesday’s loss to Pittsburgh. He fell and twisted his knee a little.

DeKeyser hasn’t skated since the incident.

“I might try to get on the ice tomorrow a little bit,” DeKeyser said. “See how it feels then, after that take it day by day.

Jordin Tootoo took part in his first practice since injuring his shoulder against Boston on Sept. 21.

“It feels good but shoulder injuries and the way I play, I just want to make sure it’s 100 percent and not 85-90,” Tootoo said. “I want to mentally be comfortable and be from there.”

The injury occurred on his second shift against the Bruins.

“I just kept playing through it and didn’t realize the severity of it until the next day,” Tootoo said. “I just want to make sure I get it fixed because I know I did the same thing to my right shoulder and it almost took three years to heal. Making sure everything’s on the right track right now.”

Tootoo has been in a battle all training camp to find a spot on one of the Wings’ four forward lines so this setback doesn’t help.

“I can only control my mentality,” Tootoo said. “I’ve just got to bring it every day. Obviously, injuries are going to be a part of the game. It’s how you recover from that. Mentally, just being focused every day and making sure I’m at all the team meetings and doing all the right things.”

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