Jordin Tootoo has a lot of roots in Manitoba, having been born in Churchill and having played his junior hockey in Brandon.
He is excited to be back in the lineup tonight for the Detroit Red Wings as they make their first-ever visit to the MTS Centre to face the Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
Tootoo said many family members and friends flew down from Nunavut, a region in northern Canada, for the game.
“I got a lot of roots here; coming back and playing definitely is going to be an honor,’’ Tootoo said.
Tootoo is in for Mikael Samuelsson, the only change at forward. Johan Franzen skated today but will sit out for the third time in four games with an unspecified illness. General manager Ken Holland said they hope Franzen will be ready for Thursday's game against Dallas at Joe Louis Arena.
Adam Almquist will make his NHL debut on defense in place of the injured Brendan Smith (shoulder). Jimmy Howard is back in goal, as the Red Wings (9-4-2) look to sweep a four-game W...