Detroit Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi (lower body) could be back as soon as Tuesday

Detroit Free Press

For a change, the Detroit Red Wings don’t anticipate Tyler Bertuzzi missing much time.

Bertuzzi is dealing with a lower-body injury that forced him to miss leave the last game early. He was scratched Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, but could be available again as soon as next week.

“This is a true day-to-day,” coach Derek Lalonde said after the morning skate. “We hope to have him for Tuesday. If not, we have the eight-day break.”

The Wings play at home Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks, then go on a quick road trip, Thursday at Montreal and Friday at the New York Islanders, before the All-Star break. They don’t play again after that until Feb. 7.

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Bertuzzi has one goal and four assists in 15 games. He missed four weeks in October and November after breaking a hand when he was hit by a puck in the second game of the season. He played seven games, then was hit again by a puck in the other hand Nov. 30, sidelining him until Jan. 10.

“I feel for him,” Lalonde said. “He gets a couple games, is injured, a handful of games, is injured.

“It’s not him having a four-point night, it’s him playing in our top six and slotting players where they belong. That’s what you miss. It was only a matter of time where his game was coming around. Tough loss, again, and I feel for Tyler trying to get his game in order. It’s unfortunate because he’s a skilled guy, and you need rhythm and pace to your game. Every game he has played, he has turned the puck over less, because it is slowing down for him and he is getting more chances and he looks more in rhythm.

“Keep battling. We need him back.”

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