Johan Franzen will be back in the Red Wings lineup tonight against the Blackhawks, and it looks like Jimmy Howard isn't too far behind.

Franzen (groin) said after this morning's skate he's ready to play after having skated the last four days.

Franzen has missed the last four games.

"I've been skating and it feels real good," Franzen said. "No problems. It looks like we're getting all our guys back and then it's just a matter of finding our game and playing real well at the end."

Todd Bertuzzi returned to the lineup Saturday in the 4-2 victory over Toronto and will play tonight, said coach Mike Babcock.

Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), though, will miss his fifth consecutive game and continues to be day to day.

"We'll see," said Datsyuk about a possible return Wednesday against St. Louis.

Joey MacDonald gets the start in net tonight against Chicago, with Tom McCollum backing MacDonald.

Jimmy Howard (sprained shoulder) was on the ice for Monday's practice and is hopeful of returning Wednesday.