This and that … Status of Franzen and Samuelsson for Sunday still unknown

DETROIT – Wings general manager Ken Holland didn’t know if forwards Johan Franzen (lower-body) or Mikael Samuelsson (broken index finger) would be available for Sunday’s home game with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Franzen will see a doctor Saturday after getting injured in Thursday’s 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks and missing the entire third period.

Samuelsson has been cleared to return, but now it’s just a matter of conditioning.

The Wings sent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint.

Colaiacovo, who was cleared to play last week, has missed the last 29 games after suffering a shoulder injury in the second game of the season.

Detroit will honor Gordie Howe during warmups prior to Sunday’s game with Chicago, all wearing a No. 9 jersey. Each jersey will have that player’s number on the upper right crest along with a patch that reads “Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday.”

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