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No Zetterberg to start the Red Wings-Coyotes series? Crud

Per MLive’s Ansar Khan, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock believes that Henrik Zetterberg won’t play for the first game or two of Detroit’s first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes:

“I don’t expect him to start the series,’’ Babcock said following the 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. “But he’s really pushing things, he’s working hard and he’ll be ready to go as soon as he can. I think (Niklas) Kronwall will start the series.’‘

Zetterberg has an apparent knee injury and hasn’t resumed skating. Kronwall has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury, but got in a full, hard practice on Saturday.

Right wing Patrick Eaves didn’t play today due to flu-like symptoms, possibly food poisoning.

NHL.com’s Brian Hedger confirms.

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cowboycoffee's avatar

Serious bummer. So happy we’re not playing Nashville.

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 04/10/11 at 06:22 PM ET

datsyukdanglesyou's avatar

gulp *gulp*

Posted by datsyukdanglesyou on 04/10/11 at 06:46 PM ET

sloaner's avatar

Wings weren’t gonna win both at home anyway.  They’re a road team now.  The question isn’t when he comes back, it’s how healthy he is when he does.

Posted by sloaner from Los Angeles, CA on 04/10/11 at 07:21 PM ET

Sal's avatar

If the Wings do well to start the series with the Yotes, they’ll keep Z out for as long as they possibly can.  If they struggle, Z will be rushed back, much like Sharp was rushed for the Hawks.  Need Z fresh and healthy for the potentially much stronger 2nd round opponent, assuming the Wings get through the ‘Yotes without too much difficulty.  He’ll play if the Wings think they’ll need him to get there.

Posted by Sal from the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains on 04/10/11 at 07:22 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar


Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/10/11 at 09:24 PM ET

sloaner's avatar

Saw Dater predicted a sweep.  For the Wings.  And he’s picking them for the Cup.  That scares me.

Posted by sloaner from Los Angeles, CA on 04/11/11 at 05:16 AM ET

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