DETROIT — Wings general manager Ken Holland said they’re shooting for forward Johan Franzen (hip flexor) to return to the lineup Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Kings, unless he re-injuries it in practice Tuesday.
Defensemen Brendan Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo, both out with shoulder injuries, are expected to return by next Sunday at the latest, or possibly in one of these two games on the West Coast.
Forward Mikael Samuelsson is still out between 2-4 weeks with a broken finger.
“It’s a 4-5 week injury,” Holland said. “We’ll see after two weeks if he can play with a splint.”
Forwards Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi, both sidelined with back injuries, are progressing.
Helm is scheduled to see a specialist in New York on Monday.
“(Helm) is progressing but not nearly as fast as we had hoped,” Holland said. “The specialist deals with muscles and ligaments. We just need to start ruling out this or that. We think it’s a ligament strain or sprain, but it’s not healing as fast as we had hoped.
“Bert had a good week and he’s happy with how his back has felt,” Holland added. “I saw him Thursday and he was feeling significantly better.”