Stephen Weiss said he’s “chomping at the bit” to get back into the lineup and could be cleared to play by Monday.

Now he must earn a spot in the lineup, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

“You start by flying in practice and get noticed in practice and the coach puts you in,” Babcock said. “He’s a veteran player who’s been a good scorer in the league. We could use guys who can score in the league, so we’d like to have him.”

Weiss, who had surgery on Dec. 23 for a sports hernia, said he’s not sure if he’ll be sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins for a game of conditioning (Wednesday) or travel with the Red Wings for their game at New Jersey Tuesday.

“I guess we’ll figure out that in the next couple of days,” Weiss said.

“I feel pretty much ready to go. It’ll just be a matter of talking to the coaches and Kenny (general manager Holland) and seeing what the plan is.”

Weiss said he feels good.

“Had some good practices the last week or so with the guys and even got bumped around a little bit and feel better every day,” Weiss said. “So it’s all positive.”

Defenseman Jakub Kindl, out since Feb. 3 with a sprained MCL, thinks he’s ready to play.

“I’m just going to practice hard and see how it’s going to go,” Kindl said. “Obviously, the team’s been playing really good last two games so I don’t see any lineup changes.”

In order for the Red Wings to activate Weiss or Kindl before Wednesday they would need to reassign a corresponding player to Grand Rapids or place somebody on injured reserve.