Jordin Tootoo has a lot of roots in Manitoba, having been born in Churchill and having played his junior hockey in Brandon.

He is excited to be back in the lineup tonight for the Detroit Red Wings as they make their first-ever visit to the MTS Centre to face the Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

Tootoo said many family members and friends flew down from Nunavut, a region in northern Canada, for the game.

“I got a lot of roots here; coming back and playing definitely is going to be an honor,’’ Tootoo said.

Tootoo is in for Mikael Samuelsson, the only change at forward. Johan Franzen skated today but will sit out for the third time in four games with an unspecified illness. General manager Ken Holland said they hope Franzen will be ready for Thursday's game against Dallas at Joe Louis Arena.

Adam Almquist will make his NHL debut on defense in place of the injured Brendan Smith (shoulder). Jimmy Howard is back in goal, as the Red Wings (9-4-2) look to sweep a four-game Western Canada trip.

Tootoo has never played in this building but knows it is loud, especially for a 15,000-seat venue.

“This arena brings a lot of energy, we’re going to have to create our own. I got to be a big part of that,’’ Tootoo said.

Tootoo has no points and a minus-3 rating in seven games. He did not dress during the first three games of this trip.

“I’ve been in and out of the lineup since the beginning of the season. It’s about capitalizing on your opportunities and making the best of it,’’ Tootoo said. “Just keep my game simple. At the same time create emotion out there for our guys, on the bench, because this arena is pretty rambunctious.’’

Once everyone is healthy, the Red Wings will need to make one or two roster moves to get compliant with the salary-cap and 23-man roster. Tootoo eventually could be the odd-man out, through a trade or waivers.

For now, he is just trying to secure a regular spot in the lineup, like he had last year during the regular season.

“Anytime you’re not in the lineup it kind of burns and creates more fire for you,’’ Tootoo said. “For me, it’s about taking it one day at a time and when you’re given the opportunity, capitalize on it.’’