Mike Green 'can't wait' for first game back vs. Stars

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Mike Green

Detroit – Time has gotten away from defenseman Mike Green since he's left the Red Wings lineup with an upper-body injury.

"It's been two weeks but it's felt like a month," said Green, who'll return to the ice Sunday when the Red Wings host Dallas. "I can't wait to get back out there."

Green hurt his shoulder Oct. 23 in Calgary and has missed the last six games.

He admits it might take a period, or little more, to get reacclimated.

"We've been working hard doing our skates and making sure we're doing everything we can to prepare for that," Green said. "There's always that first period (when you return, which is the toughest) but it should be fine.

"I'm hoping I just can get back into it; it shouldn't take long, maybe a couple of shifts. It might take a few shifts to get your feel back, but other than, it should be pretty instinctual."

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Green has two assists in seven games, while averaging almost 20 minutes a game (19:37), with a minus-1 rating.

What frustrates Green about the timing of the injury is that he was getting comforatable with things on the ice just as he got hurt.

"I was just getting used to the habits of the guys, and then you have to take a step backward," Green said.

The Red Wings are excited about getting Green's offensive talents back on the ice.

"Everybody knows who has watched Mike Green over the years, he has the offensive instincts and skill to go along with that," assistant coach Tony Granato said. "He's somebody that can help all of our defense."

Datsyuk update

Pavel Datsyuk (ankle surgery) continues to practice but is still at least a week from making his season debut.

"I need more practice, more skating with the team," Datsyuk said.

Datsyuk said he still needs to catch up to the pace of the game and practices.

He's anxious to return to the lineup.

"What's frustrating is to practice, practice and practice," Datsyuk said. "But it's more important to recover and keep playing (when he returns)."

Ice chips

Landon Ferraro (knee) is out for Sunday after getting hurt during Friday's 2-1 overtime win in Toronto. Ferraro was being examined Saturday by doctors.

... In Dallas (11-3-0, 24 points), the Red Wings will go against one of the toughest teams they've faced this young season.

"They have lots of speed, their goaltending has played well and they have an active group of defensemen," Granato said. "But they have great speed, and lots of guys who have gotten off to great starts. It will be a challenge for us. We have to be sharp.

"They have a lot of things going for them. It's not a fluke. They are winning games because they deserve to win. They are playing well."

Stars at Red Wings

Faceoff: Sunday, 3 p.m., Joe Louis Arena

TV / radio: FSD / 97.1 FM, 1270 AM

Outlook: Dallas enters the game with the best record in the Western Conference (11-3-0, 22 points). ... The Stars have the two leading scorers in the NHL in C Tyler Seguin (eight goals, 13 assists) and LW Jamie Benn (10 goals, 10 assists).