DETROIT >> Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday during a phone interview, that Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson won’t be ready for the start of the playoffs, which will begin as early as Wednesday.
“I would say probably, definitely Ericsson and Zetterberg won’t be available early in the first playoff series,” Holland said. “Are they available later, that we’ll have to run 10 more days out and see.”
Zetterberg underwent successful surgery on Feb. 21 to remove part of a disc that was rubbing against a nerve and caused severe back pain.
“I think Zetterberg has skated a little bit on his own this week,” Holland said. “I don’t know how he feels. I don’t know how hard he went. I don’t know if he just went on a pair of skates and just coasted around. I do know when he had surgery it would be about eight weeks and I think seven weeks is on Thursday, which is basically game one of a playoff series. Eight weeks is around game four.
Zetterberg, who has played just 45 games this season for the Wings, has been sidelined since the Winter Olympics after playing just one game with Sweden.
“I don’t know if he’s tracking,” Holland said. “I don’t know if we’ll know until he pushes things. If he went out these last couple of days and wasn’t feeling very good then he’s not on schedule. If we went out and felt OK then I guess he’s on schedule.”
Ericsson had successful surgery to stabilize his fractured finger and repair a partially torn tendon on March 19.
“With Ericsson, the broken finger isn’t the issue,” Holland said. “The issue is that he had cartilage reattached. That’s supposed to be about six weeks.”