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Zetterberg gets 'green light' for Wednesday

Tuesday, 01.29.2008 / 3:43 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Zetterberg gets \'green light\' for Wednesday
DETROITHenrik Zetterberg, who has been listed as day-to-day with a sore lower back said Tuesday afternoon that he expects to play when the Red Wings host the Phoenix Coyotes Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

“It feels pretty good. I skated good yesterday and skated even better today,” Zetterberg said. “I think it’s a green light for tomorrow.”

Zetterberg missed five games at the end of last month with the same back soreness. Despite missing seven games, he still leads the team with 28 goals and 61 points.

For the second straight season, Zetterberg turned down an invitation to participate in the All-Star game. Fans voted him to the Western Conference starting lineup, along with his Wings’ teammates Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom.

While three Red Wings and coach Mike Babcock were enjoying the All-Star festivities in Atlanta last weekend, Zetterberg focused on getting healthy.

“It was a good break with four days off,” he said. “It’s been a good break for the legs, the body and also the mind.

“You’ve got to be careful of what you do off of the ice, too. But the worst thing you can do is lay still on your couch and watch TV. You have to move around and activate your body; otherwise it’s just going to get worse.”

Zetterberg missed the final 19 games of the regular-season last year. He returned for the playoffs, playing in 18 games, scoring six goals with eight assists.

“He’s playing,” Babcock said. “I’m not taking it easy on him one bit. If he’s playing, he’s playing. If he’s not playing, he’s not playing. Him and I discussed that this morning and he’s not going to play (just) 14 minutes. He seems to be feeling real good.”

“I really turned the corner well, and stayed to feel better and better. But you always want to get back to skating and see how it reacts to that. I don’t see why I should feel bad.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89