The Detroit Red Wings are so thin at forward right now that they’ll be forced to ice seven defensemen and 11 forwards when they take on the Nashville Predators tonight, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com. One of the missing forwards is Stephen Weiss, who has been out since November 7 with a sore groin.
At that point, Weiss was just starting to settle in with the Wings. He’d been shaky at best through the first month of the season, but was really coming into his own during the team’s four-game Canadian road trip. Weiss was especially effective in the faceoff circle after struggling to win draws in October.
The groin pull derailed that forward momentum, but the forward hopes to be back for the Wings at some juncture this week, according to Ted Kuflan of the Detroit News. Weiss took part in Monday’s practice and went through nearly all of the drills, signaling that he could be close to returning, barring any sort of setback.
Detroit is in need of all the offense it can get. The team is slumping badly and has lost six consecutive games. They’re taking loser points, sure. Yet Weiss had the offensive acumen to help the team up off the mat by pitching in some goals and helpers during regulation. The Wings have been fine when they’ve stayed out of overtime or the shootout.
Once the third period is over though, Detroit seems to have developed the awful habit of leaving points on the table.