Bertuzzi (back) out for Saturday; Howard back between the pipes

DETROIT – A quick update from Wings’ practice, which was delayed an hour due to weather.

Todd Bertuzzi didn’t practice and will miss Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers due to a back injury.

Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t know if Daniel Cleary would move up to the second line with Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula.

“I’m not 100 percent sure,” Babcock said after practice. “I haven’t talked to Ken (Holland). Whether we bring up a kid from Grand Rapids or if I can potentially bring someone up so I don’t know what I’m doing with the lineup.”

Cleary scored his first goal of the season Thursday in St. Louis.

“We had real good effort from our bottom six,” Babcock said “They all played well and really contributed. They played hard. It’s a good thing for us.”

Heading into the game the bottom six forwards had combined for one point, an assist on the power play by Patrick Eaves while he was on the ice with Henrik Zetterberg.

In the Wings’ 5-1 win over the Blue, Cory Emmerton had a goal and an assist, Drew Miller had two assists, while Justin Abdelkader, Jordin Tootoo and Tomas Tatar each had one assist.

Detroit welcomes in Edmonton Saturday afternoon and Babcock is hoping for a little better effort than the last time the Wings played after beating the Blues.

“We left the game feeling good, but the last time we left the rink feeling good we weren’t so good,” Babcock said. “So it’s important we match last night’s effort. We’ve got a good team like the Oilers coming in so it should be lots of fun.”

The Wings lost to Columbus after beating the Blues.

Jimmy Howard will be back between the pipes Saturday.

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