Stephen Weiss was just starting to find his comfort zone with the Detroit Red Wings after playing some sound hockey on the team’s recent four-game road trip. While he’d only picked up one point in those games, he’d really started to play better in all three zones and was becoming almost automatic in the faceoff circle.
All forward motion is progress, but according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Weiss will miss Saturday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning. As per Khan’s report:
Center Stephen Weiss did not skate due to a groin issue that will keep him out of Saturday’s home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). General manager Ken Holland said Weiss is day-to-day, but groin injuries tend to linger.
This led to all kinds of line shuffling for the Wings. They recalled Luke Glendening from the Grand Rapids Griffins and moved Johan Franzen onto the short-term injured reserve to make room for him.
With Weiss on the shelf, that loves a hole on Detroit’s second line. According to Khan, head coach Mike Babcock said that he wouldn’t be splitting up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and that there was “no chance” that Darren Helm would be bumped up to fill the vacancy.
There’s no timetable for Weiss, but this is just the most recent knock on a player that has developed the reputation of being quite injury prone as an NHL player. He missed all but 17 games last year because of a wrist that required surgery. That ended his time as a Florida Panther and opened him up to be signed by Detroit as a free agent.
This is the first time that Weiss has missed time as a Wing though, so some slack is in order. He doesn’t typically miss massive amounts of time. He’s just susceptible to little tweaks like this groin issue.
Detroit will look to snap a two-game losing streak against the Lightning.