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Wings Look to get Z, Maybe More Back Tonight in Florida

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 10:00 AM ET
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The Red Wings will be boosted by the return of their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, who will play for the first time since Dec. 1 due to a herniated disc in his back.

"Good and ready to play," Zetterberg said after practice Friday. "If nothing happens from now until 7 P.M. I will be in. It's kind of been the same for a week, I guess. The good thing is I've been doing more and more stuff and it hasn't gotten worse. It's time to play again.

"It's been tough. Sometimes it's been really good and sometimes it hasn't been that good. But that's how it is sometimes."

Zetterberg might not be the only injured Red Wings player that could come back Saturday, or soon after.

Forward Justin Abdelkader, who has missed the past five games with a concussion, could be an option, too. Forward Darren Helm, who last played Dec. 4 due to a shoulder injury, is also possible.

"Abdelkader's another guy too that I think might be available," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Friday. "We'll know more after the morning skate. … I hear there's a sighting of Darren Helm too. I don't know when these guys are coming or not coming. We'll know more after the morning skate."

Goalie Jimmy Howard, who will miss his eighth straight game Saturday with a sprained knee sustained Dec. 10, also skated Friday and is aiming to return Monday against the Nashville Predators.

Regardless of who's out there on the ice, the Wings will be looking to come back with a 'W' after Christmas break.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59