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by Paul on 01/30/14 at 01:18 PM ET
Ansar Khan after practice today...
Zetterberg skated for the second day in a row, his first practice with the team since he tweaked his back last Friday against Montreal.
“Had a good day today; it’s fun to skate again,” Zetterberg said. “Hopefully I’ll feel good tomorrow after the morning skate and we’ll go from there.”
He said this back injury is a little different than the slightly herniated disc that forced him to miss 11 games in December.
“We’ve done everything we could so it doesn’t get worse and now just hopefully stay on this path and it keeps getting better,” Zetterberg said.
He said he’s not concerned that it will keep reoccurring.
Datsyuk will miss his 12th consecutive game due to an unspecified lower-body injury. He practiced again on Thursday, after which coach Mike Babcock said, “He was still one-leg skating today.”
added 1:30pm, Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front has more...
“We know every night we’re tested,” Babcock said. “I don’t think it was hard to look at Philly’s lineup the other night and see that had more veteran players dressed than us. Washington has a lot of guys that can hurt you on one shift. We’re going to have to be real good. Their power play is good. We have to pay attention to detail in that area.
“The biggest thing is we have to look after our part,” Babcock continued. “As much as it is about the opposition it’s way more about yourself and how you play. We’re very capable of doing what we think is a game plan. Does that guarantee success? No, but it sure gives us a chance.”
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