Zetterberg ready to start next round

DETROIT — The Wings swept the Phoenix Coyotes without their leading scorer.

Come the next round of the NHL playoffs, they expect to have him back.

Henrik Zetterberg took part in his first full practice Friday since spraining his left knee on April 6 in Carolina.

He said afterwards he is ready to play.

“I’m feeling better than yesterday, that’s all I can ask for,” Zetterberg said. “As long as it goes that way, I’m going to be ready to go.

The Wings won’t know their second round opponent until late next week.

“Hopefully he’s in a situation here where we can get his conditioning up to speed and get going,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s one of our top two players up front. We’d like to have him back.”

Game 1 of the series with the Coyotes marked the first time Zetterberg had missed a playoff game since coming to the league in 2002-03. He had appeared in 97 consecutive games.

Johan Franzen (sore left ankle) did not practice, but appears to be ready for Game 1 of the next round.

“Not concerned about that,” Babcock said. “I don’t know when he’ll start to practice. We’ll give him as much time as we can. He’ll have to do his conditioning in other ways.”

The Wings were given the next two days off and won’t resume practicing until Monday.


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