Johan Franzen returns to lineup

Updated: October 21, 2010, 8:18 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Johan Franzen is back in the Detroit Red Wings' lineup after missing one game because of a head injury.

Franzen was injured last Thursday when he was hit by Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in the first period and had to be helped to the bench. He then sat out on Saturday at Phoenix but returned for Thursday night's home game against the Calgary Flames.

The Red Wings also say that center Kris Draper will be sidelined for four to six weeks after having sports hernia surgery on Thursday.

Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, out since the season opener because of back spasms, had a slight setback on Wednesday but hopes to return next Thursday. Center Justin Abdelkader (ribs) is scheduled to make his season debut on Saturday, and defenseman Brian Rafalski, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 12, is expected to return in about two weeks.


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