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Wings make Samuelsson healthy scratch, Tootoo draws in

Mikael Samuelsson

Detroit Red Wings winger Mikael Samuelsson, of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during second period hockey action in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in Detroit, Saturday, May 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Paul Sancya

Losers of six straight, the Red Wings are looking for a spark and they’ll get one tonight as Jordin Tootoo -- recently recalled from AHL Grand Rapids -- will draw into the lineup against Calgary.

His inclusion will come at the expense of veteran Mikael Samuelsson who, according to the Detroit Free Press, will be a healthy scratch this evening.

Samuelsson, 36, has just one goal and three points in 21 games this year, and his lone goal came in a season-opening victory against Buffalo (so, 20 straight games without a tally.)

The veteran winger has played in each of Detroit’s last two games but has been largely ineffective, recording just two shots on goal with a minus-2 rating while playing under 10 minutes both nights.

As for Tootoo, he’ll be playing just his ninth game of the year and first since Nov. 4. The 30-year-old was placed on waivers and spent a brief time in AHL Grand Rapids before yesterday’s recall.