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Bertuzzi in for Wings; Tootoo out

May 2, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

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Veteran forward Todd Bertuzzi will return to the Red Wings’ lineup tonight in Anaheim as Detroit seeks to even up its first-round series with the Ducks.

To make room for the big 38-year-old, forward Jordin Tootoo will be scratched.

Bertuzzi hasn’t played since Feb. 7. He had a pinched nerve in his back most of the time he was out, but was a healthy scratch the last two games of the regular season as head coach Mike Babcock decided not to tinker with a successful lineup.

The Wings weren’t very successful in Game 1 though, so in comes Bertuzzi.

In seven regular-season games, Bertuzzi had two goals and an assist.

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  1. bensawesomeness - May 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Don’t know if i would have taken Tootoo out, but i don’t know how else we’d have made room for big Bert.

    • hockeydon10 - May 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Eaves or Emmerton I would say. Tootoo just seems to have more hustle and grit out there.

      • bensawesomeness - May 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Not to mention, the Ducks ALWAYS play physical against us. Couldn’t hurt to have someone out there to draw penalties, and back it up with his fists

  2. 13datsyuk13 - May 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Tootoo has been on good behavior all year until game 1 and he took a bad penalty. I almost feel we could go with 5 defenseman and add a forward. (Looking in Kindle’s direction)

    • bensawesomeness - May 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Kindl had a rough night, i did notice that. Bit he’s played pretty solid the last few weeks.

    • fusionix7 - May 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      In Tootoo’s defense, it was a terrible make-up call penalty.

  3. clefty1 - May 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Bert is slow and has not played since February one good hit and he could be done..

  4. profsudz - May 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Bringing in a criminal should help them turn things around

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Righteous hero who rid the NHL of a worthless rat you mean?

      • profsudz - May 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Nope. I have a fairly decent grasp of the English language and my intended meaning was properly conveyed by the words that I used. Thanks for your help though

  5. prov1x - May 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Thank you for clarifying, Professor. LOL.

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