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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 MLive.com. “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

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