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by George Malik on 02/13/14 at 10:18 AM ET
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."
At least Tatar and Jurco are receiving rave reviews as Slovakia's getting routed by Team USA.
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.
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."
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