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Zetterberg takes part in 30 minutes of practice; Babcock again reiterates how good having three days of practice was for this team

DETROIT >> Quick update from Wings practice prior to departing for Boston to open the series with the Bruins on Friday.

Henrik Zetterberg skated with the team for roughly 30 minutes and took part in a number of the drills.

“I think today is just one of the steps that I have to take,” Zetterberg said. “I have to start skating with the team a little bit. I didn’t do that much but hopefully I can do more tomorrow.

“It felt good,” Zetterberg added. “It’s fun to be out there with the boys again and like I said I didn’t do that much today but the stuff I did felt good and I’m looking forward to next time.”

Zetterberg underwent successful surgery on Feb. 21 in New York to remove part of a disc which was rubbing against a nerve, which caused severe back pain.

“I think you just have to take it step by step,” Zetterberg said. “I got the medical team looking after me too and they will pull me out when they think it’s time but I think today I was probably out there for 30 minutes and tomorrow I have morning skate and hopefully I can get out there a little bit more and still feel good.”

Zetterberg has been sidelined since the Winter Olympics after playing just one game with Sweden.

He hasn’t ruled out possibly returning in the first round of the playoffs, but it’s more likely he’ll be back if the Wings advance to the next round.

“I think that time-wise we were shooting for round two if everything goes well,” Zetterberg said. “We’re taking it step by step here and day by day and increase intensity every day and hopefully in a couple days maybe I can do some more battling drills.”

Despite playing in just 45 of the Wings’ 82 games this season, Zetterberg finished tied for third on the team in points with 48 and led the team with a plus-19.

“I saw him at Nick Lidstrom’s retirement March 6 and he couldn’t walk,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He hobbled his way out onto the ice. Now he’s out there skating. That’s a long way in a short period of time. Anyone that’s been injured and off a good chunk of time when they arrive back they see how fast everything is. It’s hard. That’s the tough thing about injuries, even when you get the guys back they’re not themselves. They wear the same number, but they don’t do what they did because it’s just too hard.”

Zetterberg, 33, missed 11 games in December with a slightly herniated disc. He also missed two games in January due to it.

Zetterberg began having issues with his back in 2008, which made him miss the All-Star break.
In 2007, he injured his vertebra and missed several weeks.

Jonathan Ericsson skated on his own for about 25 minutes.

He’s been out since having successful surgery to stabilize his fractured finger and repair a partially torn tendon on March 19.

Babcock again reiterated how good having three days of practice was for this team.

“We needed to get some guys healthy,” Babcock said. “We’ve had seven D all year, but then most of the year someone has been hurt so we’ve been wearing on six D in practice and in games instead of having eight. That was good to freshen up that group. We had some that were bumped and bruised.

“The lower seed, the more detailed orientated they can be to close the gap is good as well,” Babcock continued. “We know Boston now, but you can throw that stuff out too because once the puck is dropped it’s whoever wants it the most in the end is going to win. That’s how it happens. A least we’re prepared.”

Plan is for Zetterberg to skate with team Thursday; hasn’t ruled out returning in first round

DETROIT >> Quick update from Wings practice at Joe Louis Arena.

Henrik Zetterberg did not skate with the team as originally planned, but did skate on his own prior to the team taking the ice.

Zetterberg now plans to join the team Thursday at practice and will fly to Boston.

“We were always shooting for Round 2, but we have two extra days now,” Zetterberg said. “If it’s just before that I will be happy. It’s still a ways away. I’m doing well, happy to be back skating here.

“I’m happy I’m watching them in the playoffs,” Zetterberg added. “There are worse things that I could watch. You want to be playing. Today we had our first playoff meeting. This is the best time of the year. When you go through the regular this is where you want to be and we’re here now. We’re facing a really good team and we have to play good hockey to move on.”

The Wings thought their first round series with Boston was going to start Thursday instead of Friday.

“There are still a lot of things that need to fall in place,” Zetterberg said. “Up till now everything in the rehab has gone good. Now hopefully Thursday I’ll skate a little bit with the team and keep making progress every day.

“I haven’t skated a lot,” Zetterberg said. “This phase, being on the ice more, skate more, being involved more with the team, is going to decide when I come back. It’s impossible to say now if it’s Round 2 or if it’s before. There are a lot of things that need to happen, but so far everything has been good and we just have to keep taking it day by day.”

Zetterberg underwent successful surgery on Feb. 21 in New York to remove part of a disc which was rubbing against a nerve, which caused severe back pain.

“You can do a lot of stuff in the gym, you can run, jump, but as soon as you step on the ice and have a pair of skates on and there are other people around you, that’s going to decide a lot,” Zetterberg said. “I’ve been skating by myself for a while, been feeling good and now it’s time to take the next step.”

Asked if he didn’t want to test his back against the hulking Zdeno Chara, Zetterberg said he was the Bruins defenseman that lent him a hand on the flight back from the Olympics.

“Chara was actually the guy that helped me with my bag at the Olympics,” Zetterberg recalled. “So he’s part of this rehab. When we flew home from the Olympics, I was walking out and had a backpack with me and he said you’re not carrying that so he carried it for me. He’s one of the best defensemen in the league and he’s a great guy.”

Zetterberg has been sidelined since the Winter Olympics after playing just one game with Sweden.

Despite playing in just 45 of the Wings’ 82 games this season, Zetterberg finished tied for third on the team in points with 48 and led the team with a plus-19.

“I’m very proud, just seeing the guys step up, different guys every night,” Zetterberg said. “It’s amazing we kept the streak going. I don’t think a lot of people believed that going into the Olympic break and definitely not after, but we found a way. That’s what we do.

“In the regular season I tried to stay away as much as I could,” Zetterberg added. “We still have a lot of leaders in this room, core guys that have been around. Now that I’m around, part of the skates and travel with the team and then hopefully be playing later.”

Zetterberg, 33, missed 11 games in December with a slightly herniated disc. He also missed two games in January due to it.

Zetterberg began having issues with his back in 2008, which made him miss the All-Star break.
In 2007, he injured his vertebra and missed several weeks.

Wings ready to welcome Zetterberg back to practice on Tuesday

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings are getting healthy at the right time.

And the injury update hopes to get even better after practice Tuesday.

Henrik Zetterberg will be on the ice at the start of practice Tuesday as the Wings prepare for their opening round series with the Boston Bruins, which begins Friday.

“I don’t know if he’ll be in a full practice, but he’ll be on the ice at the start of it, be on for a little bit then get off,” Holland said in a phone interview Monday. “Then we’ll see how he is Wednesday.”

Zetterberg underwent successful surgery on Feb. 21 in New York to remove part of a disc which was rubbing against a nerve, which caused severe back pain.

“It’s eight weeks on Friday,” Holland said. “He skated on his own a little bit last week. It’s just the next step along the lines of rehabilitation. The time frame is we need another week before we can have any discussions where he’s at.

“It’s good news he’s going to skate with the team (Tuesday), but the bigger news is how does he feel on Wednesday,” Holland continued. “Then, if feels good enough to skate on Wednesday then the next bigger news will be how does he feel to skate on Thursday?”

Holland has ruled Zetterberg out for the first two games in the series, which takes place Friday and Sunday in Boston.

“He might be out for the entire first round series,” Holland said. “We have said going back six or seven weeks that after eight weeks that he will be given the green light to have physical contact. It’s good news to hear that he’s going to skate tomorrow for a little bit and then we’re anxious to see how his back responds on Wednesday.”

Zetterberg has been sidelined since the Winter Olympics after playing just one game with Sweden.

Despite playing in just 45 of the Wings’ 82 games this season, Zetterberg finished tied for third on the team in points with 48 and led the team with a plus-19.

“I want to play hockey again this year,” Zetterberg said in his only meeting with the media since surgery back on March 26. “Whenever we’re in the playoffs it’s the best time of the year.”

Zetterberg, 33, missed 11 games in December with a slightly herniated disc. He also missed two games in January due to it.

Zetterberg began having issues with his back in 2008, which made him miss the All-Star break.

In 2007, he injured his vertebra and missed several weeks.

Zetterberg set to skate with team Tuesday, but ruled out for Games 1 and 2; Ericsson likely out first round

DETROIT >> Quick update from a phone interview with Wings general manager Ken Holland.

Henrik Zetterberg will be on the ice at the start of practice Tuesday as the Wings prepare for their opening round series with the Boston Bruins, which begins Friday.

“I don’t know if he’ll be in a full practice, but he’ll be on the ice at the start of it, be on for a little bit then get off,” Holland said. “Then we’ll see how he is Wednesday.”

Zetterberg underwent successful surgery on Feb. 21 in New York to remove part of a disc which was rubbing against a nerve, which caused severe back pain.

“It’s eight weeks on Friday,” Holland said. “He skated on his own a little bit last week. It’s just the next step along the line or rehabilitation. The timeframe is we need another week before we can have any discussions where he’s at.

“It’s good news he’s going to skate with the team (Tuesday), but the bigger news is how does he feel on Wednesday,” Holland continued. “Then, if feels good enough to skate on Wednesday then the next bigger news will be how does he feel to skate on Thursday.”

Holland has ruled Zetterberg for the first two games in the series, which takes place Friday and Sunday in Boston.

“He might be out for the entire first round series,” Holland said. “We have said going back six or seven weeks that after eight weeks that he will be given the green light to have physical contact. It’s good news to hear that he’s going to skate tomorrow for a little bit and then we’re anxious to see how his back responds on Wednesday.”

Jonathan Ericsson is likely out for the first round of the playoffs.

“I think he’s done for the first round of the playoffs, but I don’t know,” Holland said.

Ericsson had successful surgery to stabilize his fractured finger and repair a partially torn tendon on March 19.

Zetterberg, Ericsson most likely won’t be ready for start of playoffs

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.”

Wings GM Ken Holland with updates on Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson

DETROIT >> Henrik Zetterberg looks like he’ll begin skating sometime next week.

Zetterberg underwent successful surgery on Feb. 21 in New York to remove part of a disc which was rubbing against a nerve, which caused severe back pain.

“I don’t have an exact date but I think next week sometime he’s going to start to put skates on,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Now I don’t know to what extent he’s going to push. I think he’s still waiting for the doctor to give him … But I know on the horizon he’s going to put skates on.”

The Wings won’t have Zetterberg back for the regular season, but expect him to return possibly in the middle of the first round of the playoffs.

“We’re not getting Zetterberg back for anytime in the regular season and if we can play our way into the playoffs don’t expect him to play at the start of the first-round playoff series,” Holland said. “How the last part of the playoff series goes and that’s based upon how Z’s feeling. That’s the timeframe where the doctor had said around eight weeks that he would start giving him some clearance to do some things. Now it depends on how he heals. Eight weeks is probably around the middle of the first round.”

Jonathan Ericsson also isn’t expected back until sometime during the first round of the playoffs.

Ericsson had successful surgery to stabilize his fractured finger and repair a partially torn tendon on March 19.

“He can skate whenever,” Holland said. “I know he told me that the doctor told him in the first couple of weeks they don’t want him training and working out for the risk of infection. I know he’s been working hard off ice now, or ramped up the off-ice at some point in time. Skating is not an issue because his injury is a finger.”

Holland with injury updates on Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss and Cleary

DETROIT >> The news on the long list of injured isn’t much clearer than it was a week ago.

The Wings have gotten back Todd Bertuzzi (lower-body injury), Darren Helm (concussion), Jonas Gustavsson (groin) and Joakim Andersson (broken foot), but are still without Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Jonathan Ericsson (fractured finger, partially torn tendon), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Bertuzzi was out Sunday with the flu.

Zetterberg and Ericsson are done for the regular season.

Here are updates on a few of the players from Wings general manager Ken Holland:

Datsyuk: “Don’t know what’s next. I’ll talk to the trainers and doctors to see what’s next, but right now he’s still going through the time he needs to give it a chance to heal.”

Datsyuk tweeted Monday that he just began skating and hopes to play soon.

Zetterberg: “I don’t know when he’ll be cleared to skate. I’m told at around eight weeks he’ll be cleared for physical contact. I do know before the end of the season he’ll be back skating, but I just don’t know when.”

Weiss: “He had a second opinion. The second opinion was similar to that of the Philadelphia doctor, Myers’ opinion. I think what’s going to happen is he’ll get a cortisone injection, hoping it relieves things. We don’t know if it’s inflammation or if it’s a different issue or if it’s scar tissue. He feels OK going 65, 70, 75 percent, but when he pushes all out he feels pain and when he gets pain he backs back off. He’s been told to push through. He’s pushed through. We’re going to give him another 72 hours and keep our fingers crossed that there’s some progress.”

Cleary: “I think he’s frustrated at the lack of … during the Olympic break he did some things and he had a reaction. He got some fluid on his knee, had it drained then he got some more fluid on his knee. He feels better, but nowhere near where he needs it to be to talk about practicing every day and making a comeback.”

Wings lose Andersson to broken foot as they prepare for one of the most imporant games of the season

DETROIT >> In desperate need of a center at the trade deadline the Detroit Red Wings went out and got one.

Well, the Wings are desperate again after learning that Joakim Andersson will miss up to two weeks with a broken left foot.

“They said a couple of weeks, we’ll see how it heals,” Andersson said. “It’s not fun. We already have a lot of centers hurt so it’s no fun.”

Andersson was in a walking boot in the locker room.

The list of injured centers just keeps growing and growing for the Wings.

Andersson is added to the list that already includes Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Darren Helm (concussion-like headaches) and Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery).

Datsyuk is out at least another couple of weeks and the earliest Zetterberg will return is the first round of the playoffs.

Helm was to start off ice training this week and hopes to get on the ice by the end of the week.

There has been no other update on Weiss since he suffered a setback last week after a practice.

The injured to Andersson occurred when he blocked a shot on the penalty kill in the second period against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

“I felt it hurt,” Andersson said. “I’ve had shots on the feet before, but never broke it. I didn’t know. I felt it in the third period. I didn’t know it was broken.

“It didn’t really swell,” Andersson continued. “I looked at it (Monday morning) and it wasn’t swollen so I was happy about that. I usually shake if off after about five minutes, but I didn’t shake it off, it was still hurting in the third period.”

There was no word from the Wings if anyone would be called up from Grand Rapids. If there is it’ll likely by Cory Emmerton, who has 14 goals and 21 assists in 43 games with the Griffins this season.

Andersson missed six games earlier this season due to a hip flexor.

“(Center) is a bad position I guess,” Andersson said. “I wear those shot blockers so I thought I was good. It hit a bad spot I guess.”

The injury could not have come at a worse time for the Wings, who are battling to make the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

Heading into play Monday, Detroit and Columbus both have 71 points, but the Blue Jackets, who host the Wings Tuesday, hold the tiebreaker with the most regulation wins.

“Big game for us, but we’ve got lots of big games so it’s a good opportunity for us,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We weren’t pleased, I wasn’t pleased with the way we played (Sunday). I think we’ve played real well, we need to bounce back.”

Columbus is at Dallas later tonight.

“It’s going to be a huge game for us, they’ve got good goaltending,” Babcock said. “(Sergei) Bobrovsky’s not playing for them tonight, he’s waiting for us, so we’re going to have to get to him. We never got to (Henrik) Lundqvist (Sunday), we were too easy in the offensive zone so that’s got to be a priority. There should be some fresh guys, we went light (Monday) and we have lots of guys the day off so we should be ready to go (Tuesday).”

Holland felt time was right to make a move to sure up center position

DETROIT >> Desperate times call for desperate measures.

And that’s just where the Detroit Red Wings found themselves around noon Wednesday, three hours before the NHL trade deadline.

After shutting down Pavel Datsyuk for three weeks due to an injured knee and learning that Darren Helm is battling headaches, the Wings ramped up their search for a first- or second-line center and landed David Legwand from the Nashville Predators.

Detroit is also without Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery).

“When you look at our center ice with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Helm and with Weiss the uncertainty of where we’re at, other than Z and I guess there is some certainty with Pav that he’s going to be shut down for three weeks, we felt it was important to get a bonafide center ice man,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

The Wings sent Patrick Eaves, prospect Calle Jarnkrok and a third-round draft pick, which could turn into a second-rounder if they make the playoffs this season, back to Nashville.

Holland said all the time leading up to the trade deadline they weren’t interested in a rent-a-player, but that indeed could be what Legwand is. He’s in the final year of deal that averaged out at $4.5 million a season.

“With all the news we’ve received, and Weiss could be OK in two to three weeks, but right now there is uncertainty,” Holland said. “That all factored into acquiring a center ice man and he is a local boy so we’re thinking if we want to keep the player beyond this year we think it’s a very reasonable to happen. He had to waive a no trade clause to come here so obviously we wanted to come home.”

Holland also doesn’t view the move as desperate.

“I don’t know that a whole lot of people knew much about Pav,” Holland said. “Pav was frustrated and all we were going to do is have an athlete that was, in our opinion, going to get emotionally burned out. When you can’t do something that you know you can do at a certain level, it just grinds on you and grinds on you and grinds on you.”

Right now there are no plans for Datsyuk to have surgery.

“That might be an option in the offeseason, but right now the doctors feel we’re going to shut him down,” Holland said. “In January he didn’t play hockey, but worked real hard off the ice thinking he was a day away, a day away. We’re going to back way off the off-ice. They’re going to do some treatments with him over the next few days. We’re going to see where we’re at in three weeks. Right now surgery is not an option, but we’ll see what the future holds.”

Legwand, 33, has 10 goals and 30 assists this season for Nashville in 62 games.

Holland said he think Legwand will center the Wings’ top line, alongside Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist.

“We felt it was time to make a move to fill an important need that was down the middle and the guy coming in will be our No.1 centerman for a little bit here, and hopefully, again there’s that hope word, I’m hoping that next week we get another one or two of these guys back and we can play our way into the playoffs,” Holland said of Legwand. “He’s good defensively. He’s a guy that puts up 50-60 points and he’s an established, legitimate NHL player who can kill penalties and can play against anybody from the other team. That’s sort of been his role.”

The move also was made to keep Detroit in the race for the playoffs. The Wings start Wednesday a point behind Columbus for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, but with a game in hand.

“Without a doubt,” Holland said when asked if the move was done to stay in the race. “We have to win some games and as we go along here we’re going to get some of these players back. If can qualify for the playoffs we still believe there’s a chance in the first round of the playoffs Z will be back. He’s feeling better.”

Legwand is a Detroit native, attending Grosse Pointe North High School.

He also played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers. In his final year of juniors he won the Red Tilson Award as the Ontario Hockey League’s most outstanding player after totaling 54 goals and 51 assists.

“Patty Eaves is in the final year of his contract, he wants to play, he wanted to play here but if he didn’t play here he would like an opportunity elsewhere,” Holland said. “We want to make the playoffs. We saw last year when we went into the Anaheim series, we had a tremendous series and found a way to win, got to game seven against Chicago. We think if we get some good news (on injuries) as we go along … we want to play our way into the playoffs. Kids giving us dimension of speed and energy.”

Legwand was drafted second overall by the Predators in the 1998 draft, behind Vincent Lecavalier. He leads in every franchise record in Nashville, including goals (210), assists (356) and games played (956).

Wings ready to begin life without their captain, Henrik Zetterberg

DETROIT >> Life without the captain begins Wednesday night in Montreal for the Detroit Red Wings.

“It’s going to be tough,” said Justin Abdelkader, on the loss of Henrik Zetterberg for the rest of the regular season. “We have to move forward with the group in here now. We can’t just keep answering the questions anymore about the guys that are out. He’s our captain, he’s our leader. It’s life without Z. We have to worry about the guys in here.”

“He’s the one who drives the train in here and you know it’s going to be tough without him but it’s no excuse,” Jimmy Howard said. “There are still a lot of great hockey players in this dressing room and we just have to play our game.”

Zetterberg had surgery on Friday to remove part of a disc which was rubbing against a nerve, which caused severe back pain.

“Well you just deal with it,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “No sense worrying about it. We’ve got to find a way to get in (the playoffs). That’s what we’re going to do.”

Zetterberg played one game for Sweden at the Olympics before withdrawing.

“That’s a big loss,” Tomas Tatar said. “He was carrying. He’s the type of player when it’s a tied game he can decide it. But we’ve dealt with it before. (Injuries) have been happening all season long. It’s not easy to deal with, but it’s just hockey. Some seasons are like this, you get unlucky. We have good Grand Rapids guys that are filling the gap. They’ve come up and done a really good job and given us a chance to be where we’re at right now.”

Despite playing in just 45 of the Wings’ 58 games this season, Zetterberg leads the team in goals (16), assists (32), shots on goal (151) and plus-minus (plus-19).

“He’s our captain and best player so it’s a big loss,” Joakim Andersson said. “We have a lot of other good players that can do good stuff to make up for it and win games.

“We’ve been without Hank and (Pavel Datsyuk) a lot this year and many others,” Andersson continued. “We’ve been missing all our best players a bunch before so we know we can win games without them.”

The rest of the Wings’ injury news is a bit murky.

Datsyuk (knee) and Johan Franzen (concussion) appear ready to return to the lineup against the Canadiens, but that decision won’t be made until after the morning skate.

“I hope,” Datsyuk said when asked if he’s playing Wednesday. “I hope so one day the pain is (gone). Now it’s still the same.”

Datsyuk missed 14 of Detroit’s final 16 games before the Olympic break, but did play all five games with Russia finishing with six points in five games.

Franzen, who has missed 22 of the last 23 games, has been cleared to return. He had 17 points over his last 17 games before suffering a concussion on Dec. 15.

“It’s probably just the history of it coming back and stuff like that so let’s get this last practice in (Wednesday) morning and then we decide after,” Franzen said. “(Tuesday) was really good. Sunday was not as good as today but today was good.”

Two players that won’t return over the next two games are Stephen Weiss (sport hernia surgery) and Jakub Kindl (MCL).

“I still need a few more days of practice, obviously the decision will be up the coaching staff when they think I’ll be ready to come back and play in a game and make a decision whether they want me to play a game in Grand Rapids or just play up with us,” Weiss said. “Those decisions will be made in the next few days.”

Weiss made the trip to continue to practice.

Kindl missed the last two games before the break.

“I don’t feel any pain, but I feel my right leg is just a little weaker than the other one,” Kindl said. “I just need to practice and get that confidence back in my knee.”

Ryan Sproul was recalled from Grand Rapids and will make the trip to Montreal.