Maybe a little time away from the lineup will help Stephen Weiss, even though it’s because of injury.

Nobody ever wants to get hurt, and Weiss would surely rather be playing now than nursing a groin injury.

But at least for a few days, this gives Weiss an opportunity to clear his head after an offensive start to the season that’s been extremely silent.

“It gives you some time to clear your head a little bit,” said Weiss, who participated in Friday’s morning skate. “It’s tough to do when you’re playing every other night. It’s been good that way.

“But you don’t want to be missing any time. That’s no fun.”

And neither was it enjoyable scoring only three points (two goals, one assist) in 17 games before hurting his groin Nov. 7 against Dallas.

Being injured and not playing is not the optimum scenario for Weiss.

“It’s brutal,” Weiss said. “But you know what, that’s life sometimes and sometimes things don’t go the way you want and it doesn’t come easy.

“I’ll just keep working hard and hope I can get back in the lineup ready to go.”

Weiss has now been on the ice for two straight days, although Friday was the first time he did more of a full workout.

“It was pretty much the first day on the ice today, so I’m just going to continue to do a little bit more every day and once it’s not a problem, get into practice and hopefully play,” Weiss said.

Friday’s game was the third consecutive game Weiss has missed, with no specific timetable for a return.