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by George Malik on 04/07/11 at 12:41 AM ET
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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