Red Wings scratch Zetterberg
DETROIT — Get a player back, lose a player.
It’s a trend Red Wings fans are all too familiar with at this point.
The good news was Johan Franzen returned to the lineup after missing 16 games with a concussion, but the bad news was captain Henrik Zetterberg was a late scratch with an upper-body injury.
Franzen played center in Zetterberg’s absence.
"He’s been having back issues, we knew that," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "You come to the rink hopeful he’s going to play. Because we didn’t have morning skate we didn’t know. Then we got the news and went from there.
"We would have liked Franzen not to play in the middle his first game back. When you’re a winger and you got go in the middle it’s great when you’ve played and you got tempo and you’re in the kind of game shape you want to be. But that’s part of life.
"Hopefully he (Zetterberg) will be ready for the next game. If he’s not, we’ll go with the guys we got."
Zetterberg did not practice Saturday, but Babcock said it was a "maintenance day."
"We decided before this stretch, because we played every second day, I’ve given them lots of maintenance days just because of the grind," Babcock said Saturday. "We’ll get back to more of a normal schedule once we’re through."
Originally Babcock planned to have Daniel Cleary be a healthy scratch but without Zetterberg, Cleary was in the lineup.
Babcock said the team would see how Zetterberg felt at Monday’s practice to determine whether he’d be available for Tuesday night’s game in Philadelphia.
Center Joakim Andersson is expected to return Tuesday after missing six games with a lower-body injury.