Richards collected two primary assists in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Blues. Richards skated around the net and connected with Pavel Datsyuk, who posted his first goal of the season. In the overtime frame, he also contributed a game-winning helper to Teemu Pulkkinen with the man advantage. Despite missing 13 games with a back injury, Richards has looked energetic since returning to action Friday. In the past two games, he has combined for seven shots on goal, but the trouble is that nothing has been falling for the 35-year-old center. Richards is past his prime, but he does have 288 goals and 619 assists through 1,066 career contests, so you know that he's capable of big things for the Winged Wheel.
Richards (back) practiced with the second power play unit Thursday and appears ready to return Friday against Los Angeles, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Richards finally looks good to go after missing nearly a month with a back ailment. He had two points in six games before his injury, and should slot back in as a bottom-six center.
Richards (back) logged a full practice for the first time since Oct. 21 on Thursday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. It's a big step in the right direction for Richards in his recovery from a back injury he's been dealing with since Oct. 21. He resumed skating Tuesday, and was able to fully practice Thursday, indicating he is likely on the verge of making a return to game action. Richards will probably need to log a number of full practices to get back into playing shape before returning to the Wings' lineup, but it isn't unreasonable to expect that he will be ready to suit up within the next few weeks.
Richards skated in practice Tuesday morning, but remains out for the near future, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports. Coach Jeff Blashill said his injury is more than day-to-day, so it may be a week or two before Richards starts practicing fully. It is a good sign, however, that he's skating again.
Richards (back) is still not skating at practice, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Richards was thought to only be day-to-day originally, but it's now been a few weeks and he appears no close to returning. Back injuries are tough for veterans to deal with, so Richards is likely at least still a week away from a return.
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