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.”