Montreal, Quebec — Well, that’s some good news.
Johan Franzen (concussion) and Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) both returned to the lineup Wednesday night for the Red Wings.
Franzen assisted on both goals in the 2-1 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens, while playing nearly 17 minutes.
“I felt good, everyone except the Olympic guys have had a break so this is a good time to come back,” Franzen said. “It doesn’t show I missed all those weeks.
“It was great to come back. I missed playing hockey.”
Franzen had played only one of the last 23 games before the Olympic break. Datsyuk played the last two games before the break, then played in the Olympics — but previously hadn’t played since Jan. 1.
Coach Mike Babcock also reinserted Todd Bertuzzi into the lineup after not using Bertuzzi since Jan. 22.
“Pavel is back, so get Bert and opportunity to see if he could help us,” said Babcock — and Bertuzzi did with a power-play goal.
Franzen and Bertuzzi essentially replace Luke Glendening and Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery) in the lineup from the last game before the break.
Babcock said there would be more lineup changes tonight in Ottawa, including Jonas Gustavsson getting the start in net.