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Status quo in Detroit as Ericsson, Franzen, and Howard are out tonight

Mar 26, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Ribeiro AP

If you Red Wings fans were hoping to read good news this morning about the return of a trio of injured stars, you’ll have to wait for that news later in the week.

With Detroit taking on Columbus tonight they won’t be seeing Jonathan Ericsson, Jimmy Howard, or Johan Franzen back on the ice looking to stay ahead of the Predators for fourth in the West. All three players skated this morning at practice, but all three of them will be hoping to make their return to action later in the week.

Ericsson tells Ansar Khan of Mlive.com that he hopes to be back in on Wednesday night against the Blue Jackets. Franzen too is aiming to be back on Wednesday but might not go until Friday. Meanwhile, Howard’s return to action may come just in time for Detroit’s potential playoff preview showdown with Nashville on Friday.

The Wings getting healthy before the playoffs was just an eventuality but now with Nicklas Lidstrom and Jakub Kindl back in the lineup, things are improving quickly for Detroit.

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