DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings are getting quite close to being able to dress a pretty good team from just their injured guys alone.
And they added another one to that roster Saturday, Todd Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi will miss Sunday’s game in Chicago with a lower-body injury. He’s listed as day-to-day.
“If they’re hurt, they’re hurt,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after practice at Joe Louis Arena. “That’s why I don’t make those decisions. Getting ready for the summer isn’t a priority. We need guys back so I can we get them back.”
Detroit recalled Jordin Tootoo from Grand Rapids to replace Bertuzzi in the lineup.
“All I can say is we can use anyone available,” Babcock said.
Tootoo has played in 10 games this season with the Wings. He’s got no goals, one assist, a minus-5 and five penalty minutes. In 38 games with the Griffins, he’s got four goals, 10 assists and 74 penalty minutes. He’s also a minus-2.
Bertuzzi is the 10th player that’s injured on the Wings’ roster, joining the likes of Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Joakim Andersson (broken foot), Jonas Gustavsson (groin) Daren Helm (concussion), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).
Datsyuk was shut down for three weeks at the trade deadline and Zetterberg won’t return in the regular season.
The Wings are second in the league in man games lost with 303, behind Pittsburgh (397), according to mangameslost.com.
Helm appeared to be the closest to returning, but suffered another setback Saturday.
“Helmer would have been back in a week ago if it was up to me,” Babcock said. “That’s why I’m not allowed to be involved in that. We have a guy with a broken foot, a broken rib, they’re not coming back. The head one, you never know. We thought (Johan Franzen) was coming back a bunch of times and he didn’t.”
Helm had planned to practice with the team Saturday, but left the ice before drills began.
“I was told he’d be ready to go,” Babcock said. “I don’t know what’s going on with him. There’s no sense getting ready for the summer, we’re playing now. We need guys back.”