Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk could be back on the ice soon after he said his recovery from ankle surgery is on schedule.
Datsyuk, who had the surgery during the offseason, met with doctors on Thursday.
Before Thursday's preseason game, Wings general manager Ken Holland told reporters that Datsyuk will be able to start skating in early October and is expected to return to action in November.
A post on his Facebook page said, "Great News! Had a good doctor visit. Recovery from the ankle surgery is on schedule. See you soon back in Detroit."