Mikael Samuelsson, who missed the past 12 games with a groin injury, will be back in the lineup when the Red Wings visit the Minnesota Wild tonight.

"When it doesn't go your way, it's really frustrating, but you gotta listen to your body -- learned that lesson this time," Samuelsson said. "Hopefully, I learned something from it. But I'm happy to hopefully play."

Samuelsson suffered the injury in camp, played the first two games of the season and has been sidelined since.

"I've made it very clear I don't have time for him to tiptoe around and get used to playing," coach Mike Babcock said. "We've got points on the line. We need him playing right now. He said he's more than ready to go, so good for us."

Forward Pavel Datsyuk, who missed Friday's 5-2 loss to Anaheim with a shoulder bruise, practiced Saturday and termed his odds of playing at better than 50-50.