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by Paul on 02/25/14 at 03:38 PM ET
Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News was at practice today and had this to report after practice...
Datsyuk wasn’t sure whether he would be able to play Wednesday in Montreal.
“It’s similar,” Datsyuk said of how he is feeling compared to when he left. “I’m hoping one day the pain (would go away). Now, it’s still the same.”
Datsyuk arrived in Detroit on Monday after spending a few days in Russia, following the national team’s disappointing early exit in the Olympics.
It was an opportunity, said Datsyuk, to gather his thoughts and get some rest, and “move forward.”
Datsyuk said the loss of Henrik Zetterberg (disc surgery) for the remainder of the regular season will be a tough loss.
“It hurts a lot,” Datsyuk said. “You’re missing the captain. He’s a leader. It’s a big miss. We need to stick together (as a team).”
more on the Wings including the lineup for tomorrow is still up in the air...
Ansar Khan with his update...
Franzen, who's missed 22 of the past 23 games, said he felt better Tuesday than on Sunday.
"It's probably just the history of it coming back and stuff like that, so let’s get this last practice in tomorrow morning and then we decide after," Franzen said.
Weiss said he needs more practice time and needs to experience more contact. He will not play for Grand Rapids this week. He’ll continue to skate with the Red Wings.
“For the game on Sunday (in Grand Rapids), I only had two or three practices and one day of contact, so I was a little apprehensive about playing so quickly,” Weiss said. “And today, again, it would have been only four or five practices. I’m feeling really good and been having no setbacks; it’s a matter of getting your conditioning and your legs to where they need to be to play in a game this time of year.”
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