Steve Yzerman expects to play for the first time this season within the next week.
The injured Red Wings captain has been out the entire season, thus far, following offseason knee surgery. Yzerman said yesterday that he will return to the lineup either Saturday in Washington, Monday at home against Los Angeles, or next Thursday in Detroit against Toronto.
"From a time frame, I still think he's shooting for a week to 10 days," Detroit GM Ken Holland said on Thursday night.
Once he returns, the 37-year-old Yzerman will begin his 20th NHL season. He has spent his entire career with the Red Wings and already is the longest-serving captain in NHL history.
* WHITE OUT: Devils D Colin White is expected to be out one to two weeks with a strained right knee.
The prognosis isn't as bad as the Devils originally feared after the third-year player was hurt in a mid-ice collision with Senators C Mike Fisher on Wednesday night.
White's knee bent back after the collision, and he crawled off the ice.
* CALLED UP: The Senators recalled C Jason Spezza, 19, the second player picked in the 2001 NHL draft, from their minor league affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y.
-- From News Services