DETROIT >> Skating in gray Monday, which is an indication of a player not dressing for a game, Wings coach Mike Babcock had Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss and Andrej Nestrasil.
“I’ve just got to keep it up in practice and work hard and just try to get back in the lineup,” Weiss said. “I’ve got to score goals and get points. I’ve got to get on the board somehow. I had some chances and made some plays (in the preseason) but nothing is going in. I’ve just got to keep creating. That’ll come with more reps.”
Weiss had sports hernia surgery and then needed a second procedure to repair an issue with scar tissue.
He managed to play just 26 games this season totaling two goals, two assists and a minus-4.
“It’s been a long time, but to be honest I thought it came quicker than I thought it would, than I expected it to come so that’s a positive sign,” said Weiss, who’s heading into his second year of a five-year deal worth $24.5 million.
Weiss had just one assist and was a minus-4 in six preseason games, while Cleary had one assist and was a minus-3 in five games.
On defense, Babcock had Xavier Ouellet paired with Kyle Quincey. Ouellet is battling for a spot on the roster with Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff.
Ouellet finished tied for team lead with two goals this preseason.
Tomas Tatar has one more hurdle to clear, a concussion test, before he’s cleared to be in the lineup Thursday.
“You’ve got to pass the test first but I don’t think it should be a problem,” Tatar said.
Tatar made it through the entire practice without an issue, skating with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco.