Pavel Datsyuk, who has been dealing with a lower-body injury, could return for Thursday's game against San Jose. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Yes, they’ve all heard about the brutal cold weather in Michigan.
But the Red Wings aren’t telling anyone it’s a bit warmer where they are.
No need for anyone to get angry.
“I haven’t told anybody,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said of the mid-60s in Arizona.
Still, they’ve heard the horror stories.
“My wife got stuck halfway into the garage,” associate coach Tom Renney said. “I don’t know how you do that. I do know she’s not the only one who has been shoveling (snow), I know that much.”
The Red Wings took advantage of three days off after their victory over the Stars in Dallas last Saturday to spend time in Phoenix before playing in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim beginning Thursday.
“After the December we had, all the stuff that was going on with the Winter Classic and the HBO (reality series) and Christmas, it was nice to get the chance to get away,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “It’s helped.”
The annual father/son trip also took place right before the Winter Classic.
Forwards Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) and Darren Helm (groin) skated Tuesday and were hopeful they would play Thursday against the Sharks.
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (groin) skated and was certain he would play.
“I’m fine,” said DeKeyser, who missed the game against the Stars. “There was just some tightness. We didn’t want to get worse. Now I’m fine.”
Helm missed the last two games.
... Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (groin) skated briefly on his own and is day-to-day.
... Forward Johan Franzen (concussion) was cleared to practice, but his flight to Phoenix was late and he was unable to skate.