Johan Franzen returns to Detroit Red Wings lineup after head injury

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 defenceman 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 Calgary.

The Red Wings also say that centre Kris Draper will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks after having sports hernia surgery on Thursday.

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