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Bertuzzi plans to return Thursday

Apr 24, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

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He’s not quite ready to go tonight versus the Kings, but Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi expects to return to the lineup tomorrow versus the Predators at Joe Louis Arena.

Bertuzzi, 38, has been out since Feb. 7 with a pinched nerve in his back. In seven games this season, he has two goals and an assist.

“I’ll be ready to play tomorrow. I needed another hard skate,” Bertuzzi said today, per “Like I said before, a week ago, I can’t come in and not be ready to play a full 60 and help out, contribute, be big down low, finish my checks. I needed another hard skate and that’s what we just finished.”

In other Detroit injury news, forward Drew Miller will not need surgery for his broken hand and could return in the playoffs if the Wings go on a deep run.

The Wings, of course, may not even make the playoffs.

Related: Red Wings, Jackets battling for final spot

  1. JoeAvg - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    “Angels and ministers of grace defend us.”

  2. bensawesomeness - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    anyone heard any news on Helm?

  3. rgotoguy - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Does anyone care he is coming back?? This guy is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS hurt. My prediction is he will come back, play a handful of games (if the wings make the postseason) and get hurt….again.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I care…Bertuzzi rocks, life is good!

    La Vita e Bella Todd…bring it on home to D!

    • polegojim - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Exactly Bear… always like Bert on the ice… even if he’s winding down fast.

      • vanindeed - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        In his Canuck days there was nobody better in the league

      • polegojim - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Agreed Van – even now, what I love about his game is that no one can easily push him off the puck, and everyone knows when he’s in the area.

        He brings a possession game that the softer guys just don’t have and can teach some of the young guys like Adbdelkader and Ericsson to be tougher.

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