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Stephen Weiss needs to step up for the Red Wings as their second-line center.
Mike Babcock has great expectations for Weiss, per Ansar Khan of MLive. Babcock wants Weiss to be "ultra competitive" and "bring it every day...because he was going to hate [playing in Detroit] if he didn't."
Strong words for Mr. Weiss—an ultimatum of sorts.
Through one preseason game, Weiss was AWOL on the shot chart, despite playing 21:05 of ice time. Although he did win 15 out of 21 faceoffs in the game, Weiss was a non-factor otherwise. As part of the team's "top line" in that preseason game, the Red Wings needed more out of Weiss.
In order to stay out of Mike Babcock's dog house, Weiss must show up on the score sheet for something other than penalty minutes.
Goals, assists, shots on goal, blocked shots and takeaways would show that Weiss did more than skate around the rink for 21 minutes. As of right now, no one can say that for certain.