Zetterberg is last-minute scratch vs. Florida
Shots: 138 | +/-: 19
According to general manager Ken Holland, the Red Wings’ captain has an upper-body injury. Zetterberg’s status is day to day.
The top line has been hot lately with Zetterberg producing eight points in the last four games. Meanwhile, Nyquist has six points and Abdelkader three points in the same span.
Zetterberg has had a history of back problems through his career. Last month, a sore lower back forced him to miss 11 games, which definitely had a negative affect on the Red Wings who struggled their way to a 3-6-2 mark without the captain.
Since returning Dec. 28, Zetterberg has averaged more than a point per game, producing 14 points in his last 12 games. He leads the Red Wings in goals (16), assists (28), points (44) and plus-minus (plus-19).
Zetterberg likely aggravated his herniated disk in the first period of Friday’s 4-1 win over Montreal. About 6 ½ minutes into the opening period, Zetterberg collided with defenseman Alexei Emelin, which sent the Wings’ captain head over heels behind the Canadiens’ net. A few minutes later, Zetterberg scored on a one-timer from the top of the left circle. With about four minutes left in the period he went to the dressing room and returned for the second period.