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Make it ‘out for the weekend’ for Red Wings forward Henrirk Zetterberg

I just hope it’s not a high ankle sprain: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg left Wednesday night’s game between the Wings and Hurricanes after appearing to twist his ankle as his left leg collapsed underneath him when cross-checked by Bryan Allen, and after the game, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told MLive’s Ansar Khan that the Wings don’t plan on taking any chances with Zetterberg:

Coach Mike Babcock said he doesn’t know the extent of the injury but assumes Zetterberg will sit out the final two games of the season against Chicago.

“He got his leg tangled up with someone out there. We’ll have our own people check him out when we get back tomorrow,’’ Babcock said. “He probably won’t play through the weekend. We’ll see after that.’‘

Updated: This is very rare, but NHL.com posted a video of Zetterberg suffering his injury:

The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirms, as does the AP’s Jody McCreary (and, for the record, at this point I think it’s safe to say that neither Zetterberg nor Niklas Kronwall will play this weekend):

Zetterberg, who collided with Carolina defenseman Bryan Allen midway through the first period, has a team-best 80 points and entered with 11 points in his previous 10 games. Coach Mike Babcock said Zetterberg would be evaluated after the team returns to Detroit. He assumes Zetterberg probably won’t play through this weekend, but “he’ll get checked out by our people, and we’ll go from there.”

Update: Per Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor “Hashtag” Thompson, on Twitter:

I would be shocked if #HenrikZetterberg played for the #Wings vs #Blackhawks on Fri. BAD, PAINFUL limp leaving the arena tonite.

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I would just like to say that I had been looking forward to the Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks for weeks now. I paid for 4 tickets for me and every single on of my friends.
Henrik Zetterberg is my absolute favorite player on the Detroit Red Wings. I was looking forward to seeing him play this Friday to an extent unimaginable by most. Basically, the whole reason I wanted to go to the game was to see Zetterberg play.
This completely ruined my evening. Thanks a lot, Bryan Allen. You crushed my dreams.

Posted by Alissa from alissapetelin@gmail.com on 04/07/11 at 12:29 AM ET

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Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from Evanston,IL on 04/07/11 at 04:49 AM ET

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fuch and:

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from Evanston,IL on 04/07/11 at 04:51 AM ET

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Alissa, so sorry.  It almost happened to me.  I had tickets to the game in Tampa Bay and when Homer broke his hand, I didn’t think I’d be able to see him and I was truly crushed.  I got lucky though, as Homer came back in time.  I promise you, you will enjoy seeing the rest of the team, especially if they crush Chicago’s playoff hopes.  Enjoy - I wish I could be there myself.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 04/07/11 at 01:36 PM ET

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