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by George Malik on 04/10/11 at 07:19 PM ET
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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