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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80