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Bertuzzi in for Wings; Tootoo out

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Detroit Red Wings right winger Todd Bertuzzi winds up to fire a shot as Chicago Blackhawks defender Niklas Hjalmarsson reaches around Bertuzzi to try and deflect the shot during first period NHL hockey action at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Saturday afternoon, April 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)


Veteran forward Todd Bertuzzi will return to the Red Wings’ lineup tonight in Anaheim as Detroit seeks to even up its first-round series with the Ducks.

To make room for the big 38-year-old, forward Jordin Tootoo will be scratched.

Bertuzzi hasn’t played since Feb. 7. He had a pinched nerve in his back most of the time he was out, but was a healthy scratch the last two games of the regular season as head coach Mike Babcock decided not to tinker with a successful lineup.

The Wings weren’t very successful in Game 1 though, so in comes Bertuzzi.

In seven regular-season games, Bertuzzi had two goals and an assist.

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