As much as the Detroit Red Wings are bolstered by the return of Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, they realize it's going to take some time before these high-impact forwards return to form.

That was evident in San Jose's 2-1 overtime victory Friday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Franzen had no shots on goal and no hits in 15:32. Zetterberg had no points and three shots in 19:36.

Coach Mike Babcock said Franzen is "not even close" to being back to normal after missing a game with a sore left ankle and that Zetterberg, back after missing three weeks with a sprained left knee, wasn't skating like he usually does.

"But they're on their way back," Babcock said. "If we expected them to be exactly like they were, it isn't going to happen. It's like confidence. It's one thing to skate in open ice, it's another thing to get in the battle and compete and have a guy hanging on you.

"We're hopeful that with Mule getting through (Friday's) game his confidence will come and he'll end up in more confrontational situations."

Babcock said he will not split up Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in today's Game 2.

Datsyuk has been dominant in the playoffs, and he relieves Zetterberg of some of the burden of carrying the puck and skating on his healing knee.

"If Z was totally healthy or he's been back for a while that would be a totally different thing, but I'm not (splitting them) right now because of skating," Babcock said. "You practice and you're ready, but you got to play a game. He'll skate way better than he would have yesterday and he'll skate way better (today)."

More discipline, more traffic

The Red Wings realize they must limit their penalties (they had two power plays to San Jose's six).

"Just have to be a little smarter," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "You can argue (about the calls) however much you want but the game is history. We have to be a little smarter next game to get away from the penalties."