It will be Schwartz's first game since signing a two-year contract Sept. 27.
"I came in Sunday, I came in Wednesday as well," he said in a video on the Blues website. "Not with the team but I skated. Trying to get the timing back, trying to get the legs under me. I'm excited to play. I'll have the butterflies. It's my first game in a long time."
A special one-hour NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, airs Thursday at 5 p.m. on NHL Network, leading into the 6 p.m. NHL Coors Light Stadium Series press conference live from Levi's Stadium in San Jose, Calif., which will be available on NHL Network and NHL.com.
Coach Randy Carlyle told the network a timetable can't be determined until the swelling from the injury goes down. Franson was injured on a hit from Buffalo Sabres forward Torrey Mitchell in a preseason game Monday.
"We're going to evaluate everyday; I don’t want to say one guy has the edge over the other," Yeo told the Wild website. "I've been very satisfied with our goaltending. I'm glad those guys have been competing hard. ... Everyone wants the net game one."
"He's probably not going to be with us for, say, a couple of weeks here," coach Mike Yeo told the Wild website. "Hopefully it'll be less than that, but that's what we're preparing for right now. Nothing serious that we wouldn't expect him to be completely fine afterward. It's just going to take a little bit of time."
Fontaine, 26, tied for 12th among NHL rookies last season with 13 goals, the third-highest by a Wild first-year player. He signed a two-year, $1 million contract in July.
It will be Crosby's first game since the Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.
Crosby missed time early in training camp with an undisclosed injury unrelated to the right wrist issues he had treatment for during the summer. He had been expected to play Monday against the Minnesota Wild but was pulled from the lineup to attend the funeral of his grandmother.
"I don't have any problem with them starting [at center]," Trotz said Wednesday before boarding a flight to Buffalo for the Capitals' preseason game Wednesday at the Buffalo Sabres. "They’re both high-level talents. The biggest thing is going to be patience, to let young guys do what they’re capable of doing. I can be patient.
"I think we have enough quality people around them and with the teaching they're getting on a daily basis from the coaches here, they're going to adjust fine. In the long run they're going to get better and better as they play more and more."