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One game into the exhibition season and the Red Wings already were sporting bumps and bruises and broken noses.

But it looked like they dodged anything serious.

Pavel Datsyuk (sore shoulder), Darren Helm (broken nose) and Ryan Sproul (soreness) were kept off the ice Tuesday after Monday's game in Pittsburgh.

Datsyuk, who was smashed into the glass by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, will have an MRI in Detroit, but expects to be out a week.

"Too early to say anything, but not too bad," Datsyuk said. "I thought it could be worse (after a night's sleep)."

Datsyuk missed half of last season with a knee injury.

"That's hockey," Datsyuk said. "I don't worry."

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn't seem overly concerned either.

"I don't think there's a whole lot (there)," Babcock said after the Red Wings completed their last training camp workout. "(Monday) they may have thought it was pretty serious. (But) I don't think he was feeling that bad (Tuesday)."

Helm was struck by a stick to the face early and needed stitches for a cut and sustained a broken nose. He was walking around Centre Ice Arena badly bruised around his nose and cheekbone.

"He's ready for Halloween," Datsyuk said.

Sproul was checked from behind and was sore Tuesday.

"It's not a big deal, either," Babcock said. "It's all part of training camp every year. We just have to find a way to stay healthy."

Kindl: 'I can play better'

Defenseman Jakub Kindl, who signed a four-year contract worth $9.6 million after the 2013-14 season, had a rocky year capped by being scratched for Game 5 of the first-round playoff series against the Bruins.

"I wouldn't say it was a disappointment but I know I can play better," Kindl said. "Maybe I got a little comfortable last year (because of the contract)."

Babcock wants to see Kindl get to pucks and use his mobility.

"If he's second to the puck, he spends too much time defending," Babcock said. "Get to the puck first. His whole game is about getting back, moving the puck."

Ice chips

Babcock and his assistants Tony Granato and Jim Hiller have spent considerable time in camp working on special teams.

The early returns were good against the Penguins as the Red Wings scored both goals on the power play.

"It was real good," Babcock said. "I liked the way (the goals) happened, too."

... Babcock believed there was an added boost of energy playing against another team rather than the intra-squad scrimmages during camp.

"You can have all the training camp you want, but you don't play as hard (as in actual games)," he said.

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