DETROIT – Quick update from Wings practice prior to tonight’s game against the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena.
Gustav Nyquist returns to the lineup after missing three games with a groin injury.
“I’ve had a few good skates over the last few days to try and get back to game pace,” Nyquist said. “Everything feels good.”
Nyquist will play on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi.
“It’s different being on a bike or in the weight room for sure,” Nyquist said. “You could kind of feel it at first because I was off the ice for four days. You’d lose your breath pretty quick. But again, I’ve had a few good skates here. I feel good right now. It’s going to be fun to play tonight.”
Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal tonight.
Jakub Kindl and Mikael Samuelsson will be healthy scratches.
With Nyquist returning the Wings have re-assigned Jordin Tootoo back to Grand Rapids.
Tootoo played in just two games after being recalled last week, recording his first point of the season averaging roughly six minutes of ice time per game.
Wings general manager Ken Holland said that Stephen Weiss’ sport hernia surgery went well in Philadelphia.
“The doctors are calling it a core muscle injury,” Holland said. “I guess he had a fairly significant tear, but surgery went well. We had other players in the past here have that same surgery, (Kris) Draper had it and (Tomas) Holmstrom. They seemed to always come back in good shape.
“We’re not going to race him back for a game or two before the Olympic break,” Holland added.
The team decided to give Justin Abdelkader (concussion) a few more days of rest before his return to the lineup, which will take place Saturday at Florida.
Johan Franzen (concussion) skated a bit on his own the past two days.
“It appears to me he’d be questionable for Saturday,” Holland said of Franzen’s status. “Just based on he needs two or three practices and feel good after.
Jimmy Howard (knee) is still on track to possibly backing up Gustavsson on Dec. 28 and could get back between the pipes on Dec. 30.
Henrik Zetterberg (back) appears on track to return Saturday, but a final decision on that will come Friday.
There is no further update on when Darren Helm (shoulder) will return.