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Jakub Kindl returns to Red Wings lineup

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — Jakub Kindl returned to the Red Wings lineup Monday against the Senators after being a healthy scratch the last four games.

And Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was blunt about what Kindl needed to do to remain on the ice.

"Just flat out compete," Babcock said.

Kindl last played Nov. 14 against the Blackhawks, but was benched after 9 minutes,13 seconds of ice time.

Monday, he replaced Brian Lashoff, who had taken Kindl's spot in the lineup.

Kindl played 15 minutes, 11 seconds in 24 shifts, and was credited with a team-high three blocked shots.

"Go back and get pucks, make plays, compete," Babcock said. "That's all part of being a good teammate, being competitive, being ultra-competitive. Being good to help your team win."

Kindl has had a good start to the season, statistically, with four points (two power-play goals) in 17 games and a plus-2 rating.

Weiss strikes twice

After completing a weekend conditioning stint in Grand Rapids, forward Stephen Weiss also returned Monday, replacing Daniel Cleary.

Weiss, who scored two goals in two games in Grand Rapids, was on a line with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco.

Weiss made a successful return, scoring two second period goals while helping lead the Red Wings to a 4-3 victory.

Weiss played wing on the Helm line, in only his 28th game for the Red Wings since signing during the 2013 offseason.

"Now it's up to him," Babcock said. "We're in the business of winning games and everyone has to command their share of the ice and their share of ice time."

Datsyuk's deja vu

Pavel Datsyuk (groin) missed his fourth consecutive game, but appears closer to returning.

Datsyuk missed two games, returned for two, then missed the last four after re-aggravating the injury.

"I don't want to come back every second game," Datsyuk said. "I want to be more careful and be ready (when I return)."

Wings collecting coats

The Red Wings are collecting new or little-used winter coats from fans attending Wednesday night's game against the Flyers at Joe Louis Arena.

Volunteers from the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) will be collecting articles at all four entrances to the arena. Monetary donations also are accepted. The first 20 fans to donate will receive an autographed puck from one of the Red Wings.

Ice chips

Tomas Tatar had an assist, extending his point streak to six games (five goals, three assists).

Riley Sheahan has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last five games.

…Weiss' two goals gave him 400 points in his NHL career.