Zetterberg underwent back surgery Friday, and the good news for the club is he might not be done playing hockey this season.
It’s believed that Zetterberg will need eight weeks to recover, which means he could return during the first round of the playoffs, if the Red Wings qualify. Zetterberg, will be placed on long-term injured reserve. Zetterberg has been plagued by back issues for several years. He missed 11 games in December due to a slightly herniated disc. The issue caused him to sit out two more games in January. He played just one game for Sweden in the Olympics before withdrawing last Friday due to severe back pain, which he said was "20 times worse" than anything he'd ever experienced.
Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is taking advantage of the NHL's charter to fly home Thursday.
Zetterberg, the captain of Team Sweden, pulled out of the Sochi Games last Friday after suffering a herniated disk. The Wings return to action a week from Wednesday. Zetterberg most certainly won't be available -- he is to see a specialist as soon as possible to determine if surgery is needed now or can wait.
Zetterberg (back) is officially out of the Olympics.
Zetterberg has been dealing with a herniated disk that bothered him in December, but is reportedly much worse this time around. Zetterberg says that he is unable to move around very much and will not play for the remainder of the tournament as a result. Patrik Berglund will now centre the top line with Marcus Johansson sliding onto the third line. Niklas Kronwall will take over as Team Sweden captain. This is another big blow to Sweden's lineup who have now lost Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Henrik Sedin.
Zetterberg is day-to-day with a herniated disk in his back.
Team Sweden's captain was in such poor shape today that he was not even able to join his teammates for a picture. "We have been familiar with it for some months. He has treatment in the U.S., but he started here without any symptoms, and I think now the symptoms that he has is according to the disk problem," said Team Sweden doctor Bjorn Waldeback. Waldeback did not rule out the possibility that Zetterberg will play Friday, when Sweden takes on Switzerland in the second game of group preliminary play. However, Sweden might opt to rest Zetterberg and have him available when the tournament enters elimination stage.
Zetterberg (back) confirms that he is back in tonight.
Zetterberg will enter the lineup while Dan Cleary will be a healthy scratch. Zetterberg has been out for the last two games but will return tonight on the top-line with Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader. He has 16 goals and 28 assists (44 points) with a plus-19 rating in 40 games this season.
Zetterberg (back) skated at Red Wings practice this morning.
Zetterberg skated this morning and centred the first line with Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader. He has missed the last two games but his presence at practice suggests that he could be available for Friday's game vs. the Capitals. Monitor his status during Friday's game-day skate.
Zetterberg (back) will not travel to Philadelphia.
Zetterberg is day-to-day with a sore back. He was a last-minute scratch from Sunday's 5-4 shootout loss to Florida. By sitting out the Philly game, Zetterberg will get close to a week off before possibly playing Friday, when the Wings host Washington.
Zetterberg first injured his back this season when he suffered a slightly herniated disc Dec. 1 in Ottawa and he didn't return until Dec. 28. The Red Wings had a 3-6-2 record without their leader. Now, he's back on the shelf and general manager Ken Holland said he doesn't know if the latest ailment is the same thing that kept Zetterberg out of the lineup last month and that Zetterberg is day-to-day. But as coach Mike Babcock is fond of saying, day-to-day can often mean 10 days.
Zetterberg (back) is set to return to the Red WIngs lineup on Saturday.
Zetterberg has missed the last 11 games having not played since December 1 vs. Florida. The Red Wings have really missed their captain going 3-6-2 without Zetty. He is expected to centre the second line with Daniel Alfredsson and Justin Abdelkader tomorrow.
Zetterberg (back) skating with team for first time in more than two weeks.
Zetterberg will miss his ninth consecutive game tonight, but appears to be progressing well towards a return. Zetty has skated on his own a couple of times, but joining his teammates is a great sign. The Red Wings are 1-5-2 without Zetterberg in the lineup, so his return is vital to their success.