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Wings coach Mike Babcock on the firing of his former assistant coach Paul MacLean

DETROIT >> Wings coach Mike Babcock had this to say about his former assistant coach Paul MacLean being fired by the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

“It’s always disappointing,” Babcock said. “As a coach, it’s real simple, you side with the coach every single time. This is a little different for me because (Senators general manager) Bryan Murray’s a real good friend of mine as well. Mac’s a good coach, he’ll bounce back. It’s always an initial shock for you and for your family and for your ego. But that’s the business, too. I think Mac’s a real good coach and he’ll coach again if he wants to.”

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Weiss nets a pair in Wings’ win over Senators; he said he ‘never lost confidence’

DETROIT >> If Stephen Weiss was looking for a glimmer of hope that he’s still the point-producing forward the Wings signed two offseasons ago, he got just that Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Weiss scored twice in Detroit’s 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.

It was just his second game this season with the Wings.

Due to a lingering groin injury that developed into a sports hernia, Weiss has played in just 28 since the start of 2013.

It was also his first goal with the Wings since Oct. 14, 2013 and his first two-goal game since Feb. 26, 2012 while still with the Florida Panthers.

“I never lost confidence,” Weiss said. “It was just a matter of when you haven’t played in so long, coach has a tough time putting you in situations where you’ve always played and rightfully so. Even in practice, you’re not playing power play and getting those reps I have throughout my career. It’s just a matter of sticking with it. Hopefully get a break here or there to stay in the lineup for a couple games, build some momentum and off you go.”

Weiss had a goal in each of his conditioning games this past weekend with Grand Rapids.

“Scoring,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked what Weiss can add to the lineup. “The guy’s got 60 points in the league a ton of times. That doesn’t happen by accident. But in your career, when you get hurt and you miss a couple of years, there’s no guarantee you’re getting it back.

“Weisser has played (three) games, two in the American League, and he’s got (four) goals,” Babcock continued. “Scoring is scoring. Not many guys can do that. We acquired him initially because we thought he could help us score and he spent two years on IR basically. Hopefully he can get his confidence back and get going.”

Weiss, 31, managed to play just 26 games last season totaling two goals, two assists and a minus-4. He had sport hernia surgery on Dec. 23 and then a second procedure on April 21 to repair an issue with scar tissue.

“I felt good physically,” said Weiss, who had 10:42 of ice time Monday. “We didn’t play a ton, but when I was out there I would still like to create more. It was a decent start. I felt healthy, had good legs and hopefully it just keeps snowballing in that direction.”

Weiss drove to the net hard and chipped in a loose puck over Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson’s right shoulder to put the Wings up 3-1 just past the halfway point of the game.

“That’s where you’re going to score goals,” Weiss said. “It was nice having pucks lying around there. Sometimes you go there and they’re going off skates and away from you and tonight they were there lying there for me. It’s nice to get those breaks.”

His second goal came in similar fashion, positioning himself in front of Anderson. After Anderson made a right pad save on Darren Helm, Weiss calmly backhanded a shot over the goal line.

“This is the best league in the world,” said Weiss, who played left wing on a line with Tomas Jurco and centered by Darren Helm. “It’s hard enough when you’re in a groove and playing well never mind when you’ve missed so many games, you’re in, you’re out, you’re in, you’re out. You’re playing different positions. It’s tough to do what you’ve done throughout your career.

“Like I said, it felt good to be in the lineup, it was nice to get a couple of goals and get the win,” Weiss added. “But I’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Weiss had a rough preseason, registering just an assist and was a minus-4 in six games.

“Anytime you can score it gives you confidence,” Weiss said. “You remember how to do it. I always said it takes a bounce or something to go your way and then it starts snowballing. Hockey is funny that way. You see if with a lot of guys. To get those two down (in Grand Rapids) was huge. I had some bounces and hopefully I’ll keep scoring.”

The Wings targeted Weiss on the first day of free agency two off-seasons ago and landed the center for a hefty five-year deal worth $24.5 million.

Weiss has had scored 20 or more goals four times in his last seven seasons in Florida.

Weiss returns to Wings’ lineup. “It’s a good opportunity for him,” Babcock says.

DETROIT >> Stephen Weiss will be back in the Wings’ lineup tonight at home against the Ottawa Senators.

And for how long he remains in it will be up to him.

“It’s a good opportunity for him, he’s going to have to grab ahold of it, obviously,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the team’s morning skate Monday at Joe Louis Arena. “He’s had a good NHL career. It’s been sidetracked for two years.

“The way I look at it is I’m in the day to say winning business,” Babcock continued. “I get up each day and I’m trying to find a way to win the game and I’ll play whoever gives us the best chance to win.”

Weiss, who has played in one other game this season, has played in 47 out of a possible 150 regular season games for his teams since the start of 2013.

“Now it’s up to him,” Babcock said. “We’re in the business of winning games and everyone’s got to command their share of the ice and get their share of the ice time. We’ll see what happens.”

Weiss will play left wing on line Tomas Jurco and centered by Darren Helm.

“I’ve played a few games (at wing), but I’ve been a center all my life,” Weiss said. “It’s just different.

“I don’t know how to really explain it,” Weiss continued. “You’ve just got to be more aware in the D zone, a little bit different coverages. I’m just used to playing center and being able to move the puck both ways. On the wing, you’re more so limited to one side of the ice. It’ll be fine.”

During his two-game conditioning stint in Grand Rapids he scored a goal in each game.

“It was nice to play some minutes and get through the games (with) no problem,” Weiss said. “I would have liked to get a little bit more accomplished, but it was nice to score a couple and get that feeling back. It’s been a while since I’ve scored a goal.”

Alfredsson retirement could be made as early at Monday when Wings host Ottawa

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings are still awaiting official word on what Daniel Alfredsson plans to do this season.

But all signs point to him not playing and most likely deciding to retire.

Darren Dreger of TSN.ca reported that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season due to a lingering disc issue in his back that has been continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action.

An announcement could come as early as Monday, which would be fitting since the Wings host the Ottawa Senators, a team he spent his first 17 seasons with and 13 of those he was their captain.

Alfredsson’s agent, J.P. Barry, told the Wings earlier this week that it wasn’t looking good for a comeback attempt.

Alfredsson, who’ll turn 42 on Dec. 11, had this same back issue towards the end of last season, which also sidelined him.

Despite playing in just 68 games in his first season in Detroit, Alfredsson finished tied for the team lead in points (49) and had 18 goals.

He did tell the Wings in June that he wanted to play another season, but he needed to make sure his back could hold up before finally deciding on his future.

Alfredsson did skate with teammates a few days leading up to training camp in September, but then shut things down when his back started acting up again.

He did not attend training camp.

He tried again to skate a few consecutive days after camp, but once again had to shut things down.

The team would have liked to have Alfredsson back, if he was healthy, to play 60-to-65 games since he provided a right-handed shot at the point on the power play.

They weren’t going to sign him to a one-year deal until they saw he could practice a couple weeks to make sure he suffered no other setbacks.

“He understands we’re running a hockey team and what goes on with our team affects our day-to-day decisions,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said a month ago. “That doesn’t have anything to do with Alfredsson until he calls and says he wants to discuss his next move.”

Alfredsson has 444 goals and 713 assists in 1,246 NHL games.

He represented Sweden in five Olympics, winning the gold medal in 2006, but has never won the Stanley Cup.

Todd Bertuzzi insists latest injury not his back

DETROIT — Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi both didn’t practice Tuesday and both will miss Wednesday’s game.

Datsyuk suffered what’s believed could be a concussion late in third period of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Senators after taking an elbow to the jaw by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowan.

He’s likely out Friday (at New York Islanders) and Sunday (at Ottawa Senators) as well.

“He’ll go through the process,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’ll talk to him after that. I think he had a light ride or something today. I don’t remember exactly what all the protocol is, but he’ll go through it and we’ll see what happens.”

Bertuzzi is out with an upper-body injury, which isn’t his back.

“It’s probably a little bit more than day-to-day but obviously I hate missing games and I don’t want to be out but at the same time I’ve been playing with it for about a week and a half now so I couldn’t do it anymore,” Bertuzzi said.

The injury occurred last Tuesday against Nashville.

“I was on a bad angle and went to make a pass and (Shea) Weber caught me on a tough angle and it kept flaring up from there and getting worse and worse each game,” Bertuzzi said. “That’s why it’s frustrating not playing. I’ve spent enough time in this room in civilian clothes and that’s not fun. But if I can’t go out there and contribute and play the way I need to play I’m basically just a sitting pylon out there. Might as well get it healthy now and hopefully in the next little while it’ll settle down and I can get back out there and play.”

Datsyuk ruled out Wednesday

DETROIT — Wings general manager has just confirmed via text message that Pavel Datsyuk won’t play Wednesday night at home against the Boston Bruins.

That also mean in all likelihood that he’s out Friday (at New York Islanders) and Sunday (at Ottawa Senators) as well.

Datsyuk suffered what’s believed could be a concussion late in third period of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Senators after taking an elbow to the jaw by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowan.

Datsyuk did not make the trip with the team to Buffalo last Sunday.

“He didn’t feel quite right after the game,” Holland told The Macomb Daily during a phone interview before flying to Buffalo. “We’re going through the league protocol.”

The incident occurred along the boards in the Senators’ zone with just under eight minutes to play in the third period and the Wings trailing 3-2.

Cowen, who earlier in the period was penalized for high sticking, first slashed Datsyuk before connecting with the elbow to his jaw.

“He said he felt fuzzy, Holland added. “He wasn’t normal. We’ve all seen these blows to the head so you just don’t know.”

There was no penalty called on the play and the league didn’t feel the hit was deemed illegal so therefore Cowen did not receive any disciplinary action.

“I’ve seen the video and he got an elbow to the head,” Holland said last Saturday. “I have no other comment.”

Datsyuk laid on the ice after he was struck before a stoppage in play.

Datsyuk played just three more shifts after the elbow, the last of which lasted just 12 seconds. He left the ice with 1:51 left in the game.

“Obviously, the combined eight eyes out there didn’t see it,” Henrik Zetterberg said after the game. “And if you don’t see it you can’t call it. He just had the puck, kind of strange no one saw a star player like that.”

Datsyuk has 12 goals and 11 assists this season.

Wings can’t take full advantage of 5-on-3 man advantages against Senators

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings got plenty of time to work on their 5-on-3 man advantage, Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.

And with the end result it’s easy to see they need to work on it some more.

The Wings converted just once on three lengthy two-man advantages as they feel to the Ottawa Senators, 4-2.

“Obviously you want to more than one on that,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “I think that third one we had some good looks, had some good shots, but (Robin) Lehner came up with some big saves.”

The Senators were 1-for-1 with their lone 5-on-3 man advantage.

“We had a 5-on-3 with chances to score and we didn’t,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We had two power play goals, they had two power play goals, but I still thought we could have got another power play goal on that 5-on-3. We had an extended 5-on-3 in the third with a chance to score and we didn’t score. I thought that was part of it.”

Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard, who’s now 0-3-4 in his last seven starts, stopped 25 shots.

Clarke MacArthur scored a pair of goals for Ottawa, which snapped a three-game losing streak, while Chris Neil and Bobby Ryan each added a goal. Lehner made 34 saves.

The teams combined had nearly 25 minutes of power play time.

“No one gets to play,” said Babcock, who team had just snapped a season-long seven-game winless streak. “You can’t kill penalties all the time and just go to the power play. There is no rhythm off you bench and you end up gassing lots of people.

“The other thing you can’t kill penalties all night long,” Babcock continued. “I didn’t like the (Niklas) Kronwall penalty I thought it was an awful call, but other than that you deserve what you get. You have to look after your stick or you’re going to be in the box all night and no one gets any rhythm like that.”

Kronwall was sent off for roughing with six minutes to go in regulation.

Datsyuk tied the game for the Wings early in the third period, getting a nice deflection off Ottawa’s Jared Cowen to beat Lehner.

The Senators then went back in front taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power play. Ryan was left all alone on the goal line and he buried the pass he got from Erik Karlsson to put Ottawa up, 3-2.

The Senators still had just under three minutes of power play time left for the double minor Kyle Quincey was given for high sticking, but the Wings were able to kill that time off.

Detroit got its third two-man advantage, this one for 1:32, midway through the third period and could not score.

Johan Franzen looked like he might have tied the game as the first of the two penalties expired, but he batted in the rebound in with his glove.

MacArthur sealed the win with a power play goal.

The Wings have just seven points out of possible 20 in their last 10 home games.

“I’m concerned always when we don’t win,” Babcock said. “I thought we started off good, did lots of good things and we didn’t find a way to win the game.”

The Wings had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the second or take the lead with 1:33 of 5-on-3 power play time, but mustered up just one shot on goal.

Despite Helm opening the scoring for the Wings late on their first power play of the game, it was Ottawa that went to the dressing room with a one-goal lead as MacArthur and Neil scored goals 1:11 apart.

Helm tipped in a shot of Tomas Tatar with eight seconds left on Detroit’s power play.

It took the Senators a little over a minute later to tie it as MacArthur took advantage of Howard playing without a stick to get one past the Wings netminder.

Then, Neil was credited with a goal that deflected off the inside of Smith’s leg and trickled over the goal line.

Detroit outshot the Senators, 17-7, in the first period.

“When you look at the first period, they didn’t touch the puck and they were up 2-1 coming out,” Babcock said. “Bottom line is we have to mentally tough to win games and we didn’t find a way tonight.”

Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal Sunday at Buffalo.

Jakub Kindl left the game with a hip injury according to Babcock and his status for Sunday isn’t known.