Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss optimistic about returning early

Tuesday November 11th, 2014

The Detroit Red Wings may soon be getting two key players back. 

Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss both practiced on Monday as they continue to work their way back from groin injuries. Datsyuk also missed the early portion of the season thanks to a shoulder issue.

"Hard to say when I'll be back, but I feel good today," Datsyuk said Monday via George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. "I didn't skate full, but at least I can skate now."

Weiss has appeared in only one game this season, back on Oct. 18, after playing in just 26 games last season. As a result, he's especially excited to get back onto the ice. 

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"Physically, I'm ready to play," Weiss said. "I've only had two practices, so it will be nice to get a couple practices in next week. It's out of my hands after that.

"Pretty antsy. The last setback was really tough to take."

Weiss still could be sent to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids in order to work on his conditioning, which could be an issue for him considering his lengthy absence this season.

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The Red Wings will take Tuesday off before returning to practice on Wednesday and Thursday. They'll next be in action Friday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.

- Andrew Melnick

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