Zetterberg ready to play; White could return Tuesday

DETROIT — Quick update from the Wings’ morning skate prior to tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

Henrik Zetterberg will play tonight after missing practice Thursday with a fever and sore throat.

“I had a sore throat and fever for two days,” Zetterberg said. “I feel better today. I’ll play.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock said he’ll go with the same lineup as he did Tuesday, which means Brian Lashoff will be a healthy scratch.

Ian White (leg laceration) took part in the optional practice and said he’ll be ready to play Tuesday against the Calgary Flames.

“I can’t bend it past 120 degrees, so it’s still pretty stiff,” White said. “Fortunately, skating you probably don’t bend your leg even 90 degrees, so skating’s pretty easy, no pain doing anything on the ice, just need to get that range of motion back.

“I was actually hoping to play today because I was skating for a few days now, felt fine skating but then the doctor explained if you fall and that leg jack knifes or whatever then it’ll blow everything up in there,” White added. “I’m aiming for Tuesday, we’ll see. It gets a little bit better every day and hopefully I’ll be back then.”

Babcock will wait and see as well.

“He said he’s going to go on Tuesday, I said we’ll see after practice and decide if he’s going on Tuesday,” Babcock said.

White still has stitches in his leg.

“We’ve got to keep the stitches in there as long as possible because once you start going like that, you know it would rip open if they weren’t there,” White said.

Mikael Samuelsson (groin) is getting closer to returning to the ice.

“It’s in a matter of a couple of days I’ll start skating so that’s going to be good,” Samuelsson said. “We were more cautious than we’ve been in the past. I thought I was good to go in training camp, I pulled it a little bit and this time I didn’t really pull it but it was still sore. I’m being cautious about it so it doesn’t happen again.”

Babcock didn’t seem like backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) is close to returning.

“The goaltenders there doesn’t seem to be any light here at the end of the tunnel,” Babcock said. “As a goalie if you haven’t played and you have to win every night how can you put that guy in? Howie can’t play every night, like eventually you have to have someone play.”


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