DETROIT – For now, Stephen Weiss will practice with the Red Wings before the team hits the road for three games in Columbus, Winnipeg and Toronto next week.
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But the veteran center isn’t sure if he’ll make the trip, which begins Tuesday in Columbus.
“Not sure. Not sure,” Weiss said when asked if he’s traveling with the team. “I want to play games to be honest. I’m sick of practicing, but at the same time you have to be smart about it too. I’ve only had three practices after being off for quite a long time. You want to make sure your conditioning is up to par so you’re just not out there to be out there. You’re ready to go. I think a few more practices and some extra skating afterwards will help with that and make a big difference. Then go in and play and be ready to go.”
Last month, Weiss had a setback in his recovery from a sports hernia that saw the veteran center undergo two surgeries to correct the painful problem. He missed most of last season, and while he was a healthy scratch for most of October, he’s appeared in just one game for the Red Wings this season.
Weiss was assigned to a two-game stint with the Griffins last month, but midway through the first game the groin injury resurfaced. He returned to Detroit the next day.
Now pain-free, he’s practiced every day this week with the Wings. He says he’s cleared to return to action, but first, he’ll likely need a rehabilitation assignment next weekend with the AHL Griffins who will play a home and home against the Lake Erie Monsters.
“I’m just focused on this weekend here and then I’ll talk to whoever I need to talk to and see if I’m going to Columbus or going to GR and practicing there,” Weiss said Friday morning.
“I’m going to get a few more practices in and then go and play one game there,” he added. “They play Friday and Saturday. Saturday I think is at home so one of those two.”