DETROIT – Quick update from the Wings’ morning Monday at Joe Louis Arena.
Forwards Henrik Zetterberg (groin) and Mikael Samuelsson (upper body) won’t play tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.
“Like all groins, day-to-day for 10 of them,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “(Samuelsson) went and got looked at this morning so I’m assuming he’ll be ready to go here soon eventually.”
Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo returns to the lineup after injuring his shoulder in the second game of the season.
‘It’s been a long time,” Colaiacovo said. “It’s been a lot frustration, a lot of hard work, countless hours at the rink and away from the rink just preparing myself for this moment. I’m feeling really good about myself, especially the stint I had with the (Grand Rapids) Griffins, played a lot, got some confidence back and just felt really good to be back out there, be a hockey player and play hockey again.”
Colaiacovo will be paired with Brendan Smith on the blue line.
“We had to send (Brian Lashoff) to the minors and that was a roster move and not a coaches’ decision,” Babcock said. “We needed to make a roster move so we could clear room. He’s a guy that’s played in the league. He’s a guy, like Samuelsson, that basically hasn’t played for us all year. We’re putting him tonight not ideally, but we’re going to be a much different team than we were (Sunday) and ideally he plays well.”
Smith will move to the right said because Colaiacovo is more comfortable on left.
Forward Todd Bertuzzi (back) continues to skate with the team.
“Hopefully everything stays the course and hopefully get back within a week or so,” Bertuzzi said. “But it’s tough to say when you’re going to do it. I just have to make sure that I’m ready. I don’t want to go in the lineup then come out of the lineup because of an issue because I rushed. So, I understand the season’s coming to a halt and it’s frustrating that I feel that I can go in there and hope the guys out, and the guys are battling and doing their best. They’ve done a good job, but it would be nice to get out there and help them out.
“I think the doctor just said it goes in sections,” Bertuzzi added. “The epidural works in the back first, works its way down the leg and back up the inside, so I think I’m probably at the last stage, hopefully. Hopefully it stays that way and I can be back sooner.”