Zetterberg to return Saturday versus Panthers

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As expected, Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg is “good and ready to play tomorrow” in Florida, according to Chuck Pleiness of the Red Wings Front.

Zetterberg has missed 11 games with a herniated disc, during which his team has struggled to a 3-6-2 record.

Forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, as well as goalie Jimmy Howard, could also be back shortly, said coach Mike Babcock.

The operative word there is could.

“I’m not 100 percent sure on anything,” Babcock said.

One of the many injured Wings who doesn’t seem too close to returning is forward Johan Franzen, currently out with a concussion.

“It’s not quite there yet,” Franzen said. “I still get dizzy and headaches. It’s motion triggered. I can get through workouts fine, but if I try and play keep away I can’t do that. If there’s too much going on I get dizzy, my vision gets blurry and stuff like that.”

Forward Riley Sheahan has been sent down to AHL Grand Rapids with the expected return of Zetterberg.