DETROIT >> Quick update from Red Wings’ practice at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.
Stephen Weiss is on his way back from his brief conditioning stint in Grand Rapids after he suffered another issue with his groin in the Griffins game on Wednesday.
Wings general manager Ken Holland said that Weiss won’t play on Friday in Grand Rapids as he was expected before joining Detroit on Saturday for its three-game road trip.
Johan Franzen (groin) continued to skate and hopes to return to the lineup Sunday in Buffalo.
Detroit hosts the defending Stanley Cup champ Los Angeles Kings on Friday and have to figure out a way to slow down Jeff Carter’s line.
“He’s a real good player,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said of Carter. “I know him real good from just having him at the Olympics. He can play with and without the puck. He’s got a bomb of a shot. He scores for fun.”
Carter entered play Thursday second on the team with 12 points (five goals, seven assists).
He’s sandwiched between his linemates – Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson – for the team lead in scoring. Toffoli is first with five goals and eight assists, while Pearson has seven goals and two assists.
Drew Doughty is a distant fourth in points with five.
“I didn’t know who Toffoli was to tell you the truth, I didn’t know him that good, but every time I see him he’s shooting it,” Babcock said. “And Pearson seems to be a real good player. Those are guys I don’t know real good. I’ll get to know them better. They’re real good players, but there’s a whole bunch of other guys on that team that are real good players.”
That line has combined for 17 goals and 17 assists.
The Kings play at Pittsburgh, tonight.