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Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg’s back is acting up again

Updated 7x at 12:17 PM: Zetterberg is getting treatment for his chronically sore back, but it sounds like his herniated disc is acting up again:

Pavel Datsyuk looks like he's skating at 70% as the Russians battle the pesky Slovenians in Sochi this morning, and this news from Expressen's Mattias Nystrom and Mattias Ek is worse:

Translation(s): "Henrik Zetterberg isn't at Sweden's practice and he's not in attendance for the team photo. That's not good."

In English:

At least Tatar and Jurco are receiving rave reviews as Slovakia's getting routed by Team USA.

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, Sweden's team doctor, Bjorn Waldeback, told Expressen's Henrik Sjoberg and Bjorn Waldeback that he'll defer answers regarding Zetterberg until after practice.

Update #2:

So Tomas Ros reports that Zetterberg's getting treatment for his back, and the 7 PM announcement per Whyno = 10 AM EST:

And I quote rawly:

Waldebäck hope Zetterberg plays. New evaluation tomorrow morning. Old wound in the back that makes itself felt.

Update #3:

Update #4: Most herniations heal on their own given time, and I would imagine he'll be reevaluated after the season. These rinks are triple-quadruple-quintuple booked, so that's why he missed the photo.

As for Mr. Datsyuk...

Update #4.5: Stating the obvious:

Update #5: Literal Google from Expressen:

- He knows the back and has received treatment. Everything indicates that it is his old injury, doctor says Björn Waldebäck.

- It is a tablet treatment and light massage the soft tissues. We are more concerned if he has similar problems in the morning, he continues.

Update #6:


And oh hey, Tomas Tatar scored a goal for Slovakia and Tomas Jurco was gushed over by the NBCSN announcers as another bright spot.

Update #7: MLive's Ansar Khan quotes a TSN story about Zetterberg...

Team Sweden doctor Bjorn Waldenberg told reporters in Sochi, Russia, that Zetterberg has been dealing with the injury for several months. Zetterberg missed 11 games in December with what the Red Wings called a slightly herniated disc. He had taken many practices off in recent weeks.

“He has a problem with a disc hernia that we have been familiar with for some months ago, and he has had treatment in the U.S,” Waldenberg told TSN.ca. “But he started here without any symptoms, and I think now the symptoms that he has is according to the disk problem.”

Waldenberg said Zetterberg has not yet been ruled out for Friday but the team would not take any risks.

“We (have) not decided yet until we see how he is (Friday), and then we can do the decision with him and also with the NHL doctors that are here,” Waldenberg said. “We would of course not risk anything.”

He said Zetterberg is taking anti-inflammatory medication.

And the Free Press's Helene St. James reported the same thing while on hand:

Zetterberg, also the Detroit Red Wings’ captain, "has a problem with a disk hernia," Team Sweden doctor Bjorn Waldeback said at Bolshoy Practice Arena. "We have been familiar with it for some months. He has treatment in the U.S., but he started here without any symptoms, and I think now the symptoms that he has is according to the disk problem."

Zetterberg, 33, has had back problems on and off for several years.

Waldeback did not rule out the possibility that Zetterberg will play Friday, when Sweden takes on Switzerland in the second game of group preliminary play. However, Sweden might opt to rest Zetterberg and have him available when the tournament enters elimination stage.

Coach Par Marts said, "Our doctor's orders are No. 1, so I don't know, actually. I'm hopeful. Hopefully, he can play. If not, then perhaps the other games."

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist didn't like the prospect of being without Zetterberg. "He's a big part of this team. It's not good news for us to see a captain down."

Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Mattias Ek reports that the Swedes plan on coordinating Zetterberg's care with the Wings' doctors, and coach Marts told Ek that he's worried about missing a "key cog."

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TreKronor's avatar

They’ll photoshop it wink

Posted by TreKronor on 02/13/14 at 09:25 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

I feel for Pav and Z as people—I have to think they are both very excited to represent their countries again and it would suck to have that taken away or even just hampered by injury.

As a Red Wings fan… if Zetterberg can’t play in the Olympics now… this could be a good thing. We know he’s been battling through likely at least a few knocks, and to have a couple weeks to sit without missing a Wings game would be swell.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/13/14 at 09:40 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

RE:  Z - must be bad if he didn’t even show up for the team photo, him being Captain and all.

RE:  Pav - if he were here, he wouldn’t be playing.  Over there, he’s trying to play, and risks aggravating the injury.

In both cases, UGH.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/13/14 at 10:16 AM ET

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There is no way in double hockey sticks that Z will miss the elimination round, bad back or not, nor would any hockey fan, rather than Wings-only fan, want him to.  Keep dreaming.

Posted by jkm2011 on 02/13/14 at 10:19 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

There is no way in double hockey sticks that Z will miss the elimination round, bad back or not, nor would any hockey fan, rather than Wings-only fan, want him to.  Keep dreaming.
Posted by jkm2011 on 02/13/14 at 10:19 AM ET

I dont want him, Pav, or any other NHL player at the Olympics, at least as long as they are held during the NHL season.  Guess Im not a fan.

Posted by Hootinani on 02/13/14 at 10:24 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

It really is a Faustian bargain. You end up placing your best players at risk of injury for the exposure, and in the players’ cases—especially Datsyuk’s—turning down an invite can be all but literal treason.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/13/14 at 10:27 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Well zippity doo daa.  I felt pretty confident that Pav would wreck himself in the olympics, but I didn’t figure to lose Hand, too.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/13/14 at 10:40 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Hand = Hank

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/13/14 at 10:40 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Heh…Z with the poor choice of words a few days ago…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 02/13/14 at 11:01 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

I just can’t blame these guys for trying to play. If we want to assign blame, the blame should go to the NHL and PA for agreeing to allow NHL players to play in the Olympics.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/13/14 at 11:23 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Please take note that Expressen’s Mattias Ek reports that the Swedes are calling the Wings’ doctors to coordinate his care.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/13/14 at 12:33 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I just can’t blame these guys for trying to play

+19.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/13/14 at 01:19 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

I wouldn’t say any particular person or organization is to blame…

The Olympics are just a…for lack of a better choice of words…a necessary evil.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 02/13/14 at 01:31 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Awesome! I love the Olympics!

I think they should hold them every year.

Two weeks is not enough Olympic Hockey…make it a 1 month tourney.

The only question for Mr. Holland now is who we will take with our first round draft pick…because it seems to pointing towards a lottery pick.  sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/13/14 at 02:47 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Whatever horseshit Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press is trying to sell is horseshit and nothing more.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/13/14 at 02:55 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

All right, it’s official, I formally hate the Olympics now.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 02/13/14 at 03:27 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Whatever horseshit Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press is trying to sell is horseshit and nothing more.
Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/13/14 at 02:55 PM ET

Gary knows Bo, and Bo knows hockey.

Posted by Hootinani on 02/13/14 at 03:29 PM ET

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