There was a time not long ago that Todd Bertuzzi didn't think he'd get to where he is today. His career was in disarray. His body was battered. Then he landed in Detroit and found out how much fun hockey still is. That has led him to this afternoon, when he's poised to play in his 1,000th career game when the Red Wings face the Wild in St. Paul, Minn.

Recognizing the significance, the Wings invited his wife, Julie, their daughter, Jaden, and son, Tag, along for the trip.

"I think that's pretty special, having them there," Bertuzzi said. "I'm pretty fortunate to be playing that many games. I've played on some good teams and with some good players, but I'm pretty proud and excited to be playing in a Detroit uniform."

Bertuzzi has found his old scoring touch, too, with six goals over the past four games to help the Wings get on a roll.

Bertuzzi has become especially close to Chris Osgood: Call him a goal scorer with dreams of being a goaltender.