DETROIT -- Although the Red Wings are getting players back from injury, there is no margin for error.
With six games left for both the Wings and the Nashville Predators and the Predators coming to town Friday, there is just one point separating the teams. Detroit, currently fourth in the Western Conference, has 97 and Nashville has 96.
Coach Mike Babcock said if goaltender Jimmy Howard (groin) and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson do not play Wednesday in Columbus, he won't play them Friday at home against Nashville.
"Kind of the way I look at it, if Howie and him can't go (Wednesday), they're not going against Nashville because to me you got to have played hockey, so I'm going with guys who have played," Babcock said. "I'll know more (Wednesday)."
Johan Franzen, on the other hand, is set to return to the lineup after missing five games with back spasms.
"Very happy," Franzen said. "It feels good to get some games, the last game...