STEPHEN WEISS COULD BE BACK FRIDAY
Stephen Weiss participated in his first full practice on Saturday and felt no pain. He is eager to have a chance to return to the lineup and could have that chance as soon as Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
“It just got sore on me pretty quickly during the game and I really didn’t want to say anything,” Weiss said. “But I kind of learned my lesson last year and figured I’d rather be a few days or a week max before I come back than have it lingering in games.
“It was tough to take. I was four periods away from being able to come back and get in the lineup in Buffalo (last Sunday). I was pretty down for a few days but I’ve been through that before. Just buckle down this week.”
KYLE QUINCEY SET TO RETURN
After missing three games with an ankle injury, Kyle Quincey will make his return to the Red Wings lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.
“It responded every day, got better and better so glad to be back sooner than later,” Quincey said. “Going to tape it up and should be good.”
Quincey has played very well this year and has really solidified the team’s questionable defense. He has been great defensively and his breakout passes have been severely missed over the last three games. After last year, I did not think you would ever hear me say that this team is missing Kyle Quincey.
POWER PLAY STARTING TO WAKE UP
Detroit’s power play has been a very big disappointment this year and has led to a lot of missed opportunities to put teams away but they are slowly starting to turn it around.
In the past six games, their power play has scored 7 times in the last 25 attempts and they have scored 2 power play goals in 2 consecutive games for the first time since November of last year.
I believe that part of the Red Wings turnaround on the power play is that Babcock is finally starting to use Brendan Smith on the power play. He is great at keeping pucks in the zone and is very aggressive which is good as long as you use him on the second unit with Kindl to back him up. As much as I love Danny DeKeyser and think that he is an excellent player, I don’t think he is a power play quarterback. Not yet anyway.
Also, Jacob Kindl is starting to gain confidence back and his offensive game is coming back with it. He is getting good shots off and getting them through. Hopefully this success will continue.
AROUND THE NHL
FLYERS’ DEFENSEMAN SCHENN OUT FOR TWO WEEKS
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn will miss approximately two weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced Sunday.
Schenn was injured Saturday when he was hit into the end boards by Colorado Avalanche centerNathan MacKinnon with 52.4 seconds remaining in the first period. MacKinnon received a five-minute major for boarding. Philadelphia won the game 4-3 for its third straight victory.
Schenn has a goal and two points and is a minus-5 in 14 games this season. The Flyers are also missing defensemen Andrew MacDonald (lower body) and Kimmo Timonen (blood clots). Top defensive prospect Shayne Gostisbehere will have surgery Nov. 13 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee sustained No. 7 while playing with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate.
– Derek Carnevale