Red Wings' Weiss unfazed by slump, happy to be playing

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

St. Louis — Stephen Weiss doesn't sweat times like these.

Heading into Thursday's game against the Blues, Weiss hadn't scored in six games. In the last nine games, he had two points (one goal) after missing four games with a shoulder injury.

All told, in his last 12 games Weiss has two points.

"It's not something I think about at all," Weiss said after Thursday's morning skate. "I've been feeling really good and I'm just happy to be consistently in the lineup, it's a nice change.

"I'm not too worried about the offensive stuff. That will come. It always has. I'm more focused on helping the team win."

Weiss had 10 points in seven games after entering the lineup Nov. 24. This came after playing in one game to that points because of a sports hernia.

When Weiss returned, he showed a knack of getting to the net and finding loose pucks.

"When the power play's not scoring, it's really hard to score 5-on-5," Weiss said. "Sometimes you get on a streak, and when it's going in, you just stick with it. You get a bounce here or there, and the next thing you know you're on a run for a few games and you try to keep the run going as long as you can."

Weiss believes he's benefited by being on a line with Darren Helm and Teemu Pulkkinen.

"All players go through (a drought), that's the reality of it," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "You go in ebb and flows. Does he need to continue to get better? Absolutely. Is he getting better? For sure."

Babcock also believes Weiss is skating well since the injury.

"He's done some good things for us," Babcock said. "He just hasn't gotten points for it. He's just got to keep working."