Wings expect Alfredsson to play Friday; Datsyuk will skate with Helm and Abdelkader

DETROIT >> Quick update from the Wings’ morning skate at Joe Louis Arena prior to their game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Daniel Alfredsson (back) took part in it after not skating since last Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wings coach Mike Babcock said Alfredsson will be reassessed when he returns later this afternoon.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said he thinks Alfredsson will play.

Babcock said he didn’t know who would be the healthy scratches if Alfredsson can go, but from how the morning skate looked it would be Todd Bertuzzi and Joakim Andersson.

Pavel Datsyuk confirmed he will play tonight against the Sabres, his first game back after missing the last 16 resting inflammation in his left knee.

He’ll center a line with Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

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