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Wings’ Tootoo to make season debut vs. Philly tonight

Oct 12, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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After missing the first four games of the year with a shoulder injury, Detroit’s Jordin Tootoo will make his regular-season debut on Saturday against the Flyers.

Tootoo, 30, hurt his shoulder during a preseason win over Boston on Sept. 19 and was medically cleared to play on Wednesday.

Back-to-back losses from the Red Wings — 4-1 and 4-2 defeats to Boston and Phoenix — prompted a lineup shuffle, one that sees Tootoo draw onto a line with Luke Glendening and Drew Miller.

As for what head coach Mike Babcock is expecting from Tootoo?

“I want him to be Toots,” Babcock told the Detroit News. “I want him to be solid without the puck, make good plays on the wall and be all over their defense.”

It stands to reason Tootoo will somehow find himself tangling with Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo tonight. The pair have a history — Tootoo injured Rinaldo’s neck with a big hit in Jan. 2012, only for Rinaldo to return the favor a month later:

“I didn’t know I hit him until I connected with him and I was like ‘Ohhh,  that’s Tootoo,’ ” Rinaldo told Philly.com. “I thought it was a pretty clean hit, so that’s  cool.”

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Please, Tootoo isn’t in Rinaldo’s class when it comes to instigating, cheap-shotting, or fighting… but the Flyers have far more concerns than Tootoo v. Rinaldo tonight. Although Rinaldo was essentially responsible for the tying goal for us and then he subsequently gave away the winning goal to Phoenix last night, so who knows, maybe this matchup makes a difference.

  2. jhaegs - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Tootoo is a punk. DET hated him in Nashville, now he’s their little buddy. Gutless fans welcoming this guy with open arms…

    • polegojim - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Yes Jhaegs… it’s called ‘business’… new concept?

  3. jhaegs - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    “Go” sit on a “pole”, “Jim”… If Tootoo, Bertuzzi, or any other cheap shot artist ever joined the Blues, they’d get booed out of the Scottrade. Everyone says “You wouldn’t be mad if he was playing that way for your team”, and I call BS on that. Some players don’t deserve to be on the league, given their past.

  4. jhaegs - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    By the way, it was nice seeing him get an entire 3:54 of ice time, and post a -1. Good pickup DET…

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