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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.

Wings’ general manager Ken Holland: “Our guys dug deep.”

DETROIT >> Ken Holland’s philosophy of making sure minor leaguers are “over ripe” before coming to the NHL really paid off.

With a roster filled with a bunch of youngsters, Detroit qualified for the playoffs a 23rd consecutive season after its 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesday night.

“Establish yourself as a legitimate premier minor league player and then you prove it at the next level,” the Wings’ general manager said during a phone interview Thursday. “That’s how you get to the American League from juniors, or college or Europe. When you’re an established, top notch player, we sign you to a contract to the next level.”

One of the youngsters, Riley Sheahan, scored the tying goal Wednesday that guaranteed the Wings a spot in the postseason for a 23rd consecutive season.

Another youngster, Gustav Nyquist, leads the team with 28 goals and is tied for second in points with 48. And all that came in 55 games.

Tomas Tatar is sixth on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 18 assists, which are two goals and two points ahead of world-class center Pavel Datsyuk.

Then there’s Luke Glendening, who’s been matched up with some of the league’s elite in the closing moments of games.

“Leading the Grand Rapids Griffins last year was Tatar, Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening so when they got their call they didn’t come up here wondering if they could play they had done it at another level so the next step for them was to go to the NHL,” Holland said. “Now can you do it? I don’t know, but that time in the minors prepares them to be the best that they can be.”

These last two weeks, Glendening has played head-to-head against Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron.

“You’re talking Olympic players and we found a way to beat Pittsburgh at home and we beat Boston at home,” Holland said. “We’re 9-3-2 in our last 14 games. Of the nine wins, one’s Pittsburgh, one’s Boston, two huge games against Toronto, we beat a Tampa Bay, a team that we hadn’t in a long time in regulation. Our guys dug deep.”

Prior to 2005, when there was no salary cap, the Wings had more depth than anybody because they had the opportunity to spend way more money than most of the competition.

Since 2005, just two teams have made the playoffs every year, San Jose and Detroit.

“When you have a year with a lot of injuries it probably can affect your ability to win constantly,” Holland said. “The last two years we got hit with a lot of injures. Last year, the core was in the lineup every night and it was a 48-game schedule.

“This was an 82-game schedule,” Holland continued. “The longer the schedule the harder it is to get in. You get more separation over time. We basically got a half year out of (Henrik Zetterberg), a half year out of Pav, we’re probably going to have 25-30 games out for (Jonathan) Ericsson, 15-20 games down for (Danny) DeKeyser and (Johan Franzen) was down for 25-30 games. Stephen Weiss was hurt early and he played injured at the end. We lost him for three quarters of the season. The depth of our organization, through the jobs of our scouts, Jiri Fischer and Jeff Blashill, allowed our kids to come in.”

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.”

Season appears to be over for Stephen Weiss

DETROIT >> Stephen Weiss’ season appears to be over.

“I don’t really know where he’s at,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday after team’s morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. “I know he’s frustrated. He’s not on the horizon to come back. I was just in there talking to Steve, talking to our trainers, everybody is a little bit frustrated because we obviously thought he would be back by now, actually a long time ago. So they’re going through a check list. Everybody’s frustrated. He’s not getting better the way we had hope. We might send him back next week to see the doc who performed surgery, but in the meantime, he continues his rehab.”

Weiss had sports hernia surgery on Dec. 23.

“The doctor who performed the surgery and the doctor in St. Louis, who gave a second opinion, both think that it’s not an issue,” Holland said. “Part of heeling is what they call breaking down scar tissue and is it the scar issue, is it some other issue? At this stage of the game I’m not expecting him back this year. I think that’s the way we have to go forward. I mean he’s not even practicing. So I really don’t know what to tell you.”

Weiss last played on Dec. 10.

Weiss was expected to return to the lineup right after the Olympic break.

“We’re a month in and he’s nowhere in sight, so when you’re talking about healing you’re really never 100 percent sure,” Holland said.

Weiss said last week he was a day away from returning when he suffered another setback.

“It’s been a nightmare,” Weiss said at the time. “I keep pushing and trying to make myself available because in the end if we get in (the playoffs) we’re going to need bodies to be available.

“I had to kind of go backwards there for a bit which was real tough to take,” Weiss continued. “For whatever reason it’s been a tough year for me trying to get healthy.”

Weiss, who signed a five-deal deal on the first day of free agency at $4.9 million a season, has just two goals and two assists in 26 games this season with Detroit.

Wings expect Alfredsson to play Friday; Datsyuk will skate with Helm and Abdelkader

DETROIT >> Quick update from the Wings’ morning skate at Joe Louis Arena prior to their game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Daniel Alfredsson (back) took part in it after not skating since last Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wings coach Mike Babcock said Alfredsson will be reassessed when he returns later this afternoon.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said he thinks Alfredsson will play.

Babcock said he didn’t know who would be the healthy scratches if Alfredsson can go, but from how the morning skate looked it would be Todd Bertuzzi and Joakim Andersson.

Pavel Datsyuk confirmed he will play tonight against the Sabres, his first game back after missing the last 16 resting inflammation in his left knee.

He’ll center a line with Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

Datsyuk’s return to lineup appears to be heading in the right direction

The Wings don’t know when they’re getting Pavel Datsyuk back in the lineup, but it appears it could happen sooner rather than later.

Datsyuk skated on his own at Joe Louis Arena Monday with the watchful eye of general manager Ken Holland to witness his many strides.

“I didn’t talk to him after, but he looked good on the ice,” Holland said.”

Friday marks the three-week timeframe that the team shut him down to help heal his ailing knee.

“At some point in time in next few days I’ll sit down with Piet Van Zant, Doug Plagens, Pav and I and we’ll see what the next plan is but certainly for a first time on the ice he looked good,” Holland said.

Datsyuk last played on Feb. 27.

“He’s a superstar, Holland said. “Pav at 80 percent is pretty good.

“I want to see how he’s feeling,” Holland continued. “I haven’t really asked him. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the time off and the things they did with him are going to give us a positive result. He told me (last) Friday he was going on the ice Monday so that was encouraging.”

Datsyuk has 15 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season.

“We’ve got to test it out,” Holland said. “I’m sure he’s in the testing out mode. How long is it until he plays, I don’t know. We’ve got to find out if the plan is to play or when it is to play. I don’t have any information.”

The other bit of injury news is that the plan is for Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration) could return to practice by the end of the week and could return to the lineup at the latest, April 2 at home against the Boston Bruins.

The Wings also re-assigned Cory Emmerton to Grand Rapids.

Wings recall Callahan just in case someone can’t go Tuesday in Columbus

DETROIT >> The team recalled Mitch Callahan, 22, from Grand Rapids and sent Landon Ferraro back to Grand Rapids. Callahan is third on the Griffins with 40 points (25 goals, 15 assists) in 66 games.

“We felt we should have an extra body just in case,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “These games are so big, we don’t want to wake up after the skate and find out we’re having to rush to get someone to Columbus from Grand Rapids.”

If he makes his NHL debut Tuesday in Columbus he will be the eighth player to do so this season.

“He’s having a real good year,” Holland said. “He’s gritty. He’s been very, very good down at that level for the last little while.”

Ericsson out 10 days to two weeks with a broken finger

DETROIT >> Another game, another player lost to injury for the Detroit Red Wings.

Jonathan Ericsson broke a finger late in the third period of Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It’s the sixth consecutive game the Wings have lost a player to injury.

“(Wednesday) there’s a chance he could have surgery, which would speed up the process,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We might pin it.”

Jonas Gustavsson (groin) began the long list of injuries after leading the team to a win over the New Jersey Devils on March. 4. That was followed by Joakim Andersson (broken foot, March 9 against the New York Rangers), Tomas Jurco (broken rib, March 11 against Columbus), Todd Bertuzzi (lower-body injury, March 14 against Edmonton) and Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration, Sunday against Chicago.

Ericsson is seeing Dr. Plagens, a hand specialist.

“It’s the top of a finger, I don’t know which one,” Holland said. “They put a screw in to keep everything in line and then it would be when he can handle pain.

“I would say to you right now he’s out minimum of 10 days to two weeks,” Holland continued. “Sometime in the 10 days to two weeks we’ll see if he can handle some. It’s all about the pain threshold.”

Ericsson has missed 20 games total already this season. First he was out 10 games due to a shoulder injury and then he was out another 10 with broken ribs.

Brendan Smith, who was moved up to play win on the fourth line Tuesday, will drop back to defense.

The team is also without Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Daren Helm (concussion), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Bertuzzi did return Tuesday after missing one game.

Weiss goes back to see sports hernia specialist in Philadelaphia

DETROIT >> Wings general manager Ken Holland said that Stephen Weiss went back to see the doctor who performed his sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia and learned that the pain was from scar tissue and was normal. They hope to get more news in 7-10 days.

Jimmy Howard (flu) and Jonas Gustavsson (groin) are expected at practice Thursday.

Holland didn’t have an update on Darren Helm (concussion-like symptoms) and Daniel Cleary (knee).