DETROIT -- Perhaps the Red Wings are starting to see the light at the end of the injury tunnel.
Captain Nick Lidstrom (ankle), Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Todd Bertuzzi (groin), Jimmy Howard (groin), Jonathan Ericsson (broken wrist) and Jakub Kindl (upper body) remain out for Friday night's home game against the Los Angeles Kings.
But both Datsyuk and Ericsson were able to participate in at least part of practice Thursday, and Lidstrom and Howard skated a little before practice.
Although Henrik Zetterberg did not practice Thursday, coach Mike Babcock said he would play Friday.
For Lidstrom, it marked the first time he's skated since suffering the deep bone bruise to his ankle.
"It's getting better every day," Lidstrom said. "My motion is getting better, my movements. My foot's getting better so that's encouraging."
But Lidstrom said he wouldn't play this weekend. He's hopeful he can return next on the team's upcoming West coast trip, which starts Tuesday in Los Angeles.