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by Paul on 12/03/13 at 03:56 PM ET
from Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
It’s believed to be the first time in their careers that the Red Wings will be without both of the Euro Twins concurrently.
“It affects us, they’re good players, but other players are good players, too, so if you haven’t liked your share of the pie, grab some,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re a team, it’s a team sport. Are those guys important? No question. (Danny) DeKeyser’s a star for us as well. Those are three important pieces. We don’t have them. What are we going to do about it? Let’s get ready to play tomorrow. Philly doesn’t care if they’re playing or not.”
For years, Zetterberg has taken increased measures to protect the discs in his lower back through exercises meant to strength his core and stabilize the lumbar region. Now it’s a matter of rest to cool down the inflamed nerve.
“Once you have issues with your back you always will and you learn to live with it and play with it,” Zetterberg.said. “But at the same time you know when it’s worse than normal. That’s how it is right now.
“Sitting is the worst. I think anyone with back issues knows that.”
The pain resurfaced last week, Zetterberg said, but he managed to play through it before it became intolerable and he went for an MRI on Monday.
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