Jonathan Ericsson will return tonight after missing the last few weeks with injured ribs.
"(Ericsson) is a good player, big body; he can really help out Kronwall. We’re really going to need him here tonight." - Mike Babcock
"I’m really excited; I know it’s been a long wait. For me right now it’s a matter of coming back and try to help the team as best as I can but also getting in game shape as fast as possible." - Jonathan Ericsson
Jonas Gustavsson will return after missing time with a groin problem; he'll get the start against the Hawks.
Pavel Datsyuk will miss his eighth straight game tonight, but is skating and feeling better.
"I can skate now, it’s much better. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. Hard to say (when I’ll return)." - Pavel Datsyuk
Johan Franzen (concussion) and Daniel Alfredsson (back) also skated today and are day-to-day.
Joakim Andersson (lower-body injury) did not skate.
Jimmy Howard had fluid drained from his knee after last game; he'll be off the ice for a week.