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Zetterberg is day-to-day, Cleary on IR

Wings recall Tomas Tatar from Grand Rapids

Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 2:55 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Zetterberg is day-to-day, Cleary on IR
Henrik Zetterberg will miss his first game of the season when the Red Wings to go their 22nd straight win Friday. Meanwhile, Danny Cleary was placed on IR (Photo by Getty Images)
DETROIT – Just when Henrik Zetterberg seemed to turn a corner, a lower-body injury will likely sideline the Red Wings’ center for the first time this season, forcing him to miss Friday’s home game against Nashville.

Coach Mike Babcock said he thought Zetterberg was injured on his first shift in Tuesday’s record-setting game against Dallas. Zetterberg even scored in the 3-1 win over the Stars, which established a new NHL record for most-consecutive home wins at 21straight.

“I don’t think it’s the end of the world here,” Babcock said. “We’re playing real well. It’s an opportunity.”

Grand Rapids forward Tomas Tatar will get a chance to make his NHL season debut Friday against the Predators. To make room for Tatar on the roster the Wings placed Danny Cleary (knee) on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 8.

Cleary, who had his left knee drained last week, required a follow-up procedure this week. He originally thought he’d missed just two games after having two Baker’s cysts drained of fluid last Thursday.

But he needed the cysts drained again Tuesday.

“The knee is still a little swollen and tender,” said Cleary, who returned to practice Thursday. “I don't want to come back and a month from now I'll have to get it drained again and get surgery, so I'd rather wait as long as I can.

“Rest will help for a little bit and then you got to see how it responds and you just hope nothing happens with it and it lasts through the year.”

Zetterberg is day-to-day, which is frustrating since he’s had nine points in the last six games.

“Yeah, it’s kind of bad timing,” he said. “I was starting to feel good again and this happened. … Day to day today, we'll put it like that for today and then see tomorrow.”

Zetterberg said he knew that he was injured, but it didn’t become problematic until Wednesday.

“With an injury like that, you're warm and in the game, I think it's easier to keep playing,” he said. “I kind of expected it was going to be worse the day after. Treatment yesterday, treatment today, we'll see tomorrow.”

In 49 games with the Griffins, Tatar has 13 goals and 23 assists.

“He’s been playing real well down there, the best player in Grand Rapids,” Babcock said. “We like to reward guys who are playing good.”

Babcock indicated that Justin Abdelkader will play between Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula on the Wings’ second forward line.

Tatar will likely skate on a wing with center Cory Emmerton and forward Tomas Holmstrom.

With Zetterberg sidelined Friday that leaves four players – Abdelkader, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall – to appear in every game this season.




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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