Updates from Thursday, April 24
The Canadian Press' Stephen Whyno reports Zetterberg is back:
Follow Zetterberg's status throughout the day:
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News reports the latest on Zetterberg:
A source close to the Red Wings said Henrik Zetterberg has been cleared to play tonight, after missing the last 30 games (including playoffs) and all but one game of the Olympics with a back injury. The source said Zetterberg will likely play only “limited minutes,” somewhere in the range of 10 to 12, but even that will be a massive upgrade for a Red Wings team that is reeling with injuries and has been outscored by the Bruins 7-1 in the past two games.
Ansar Khan of MLive provides more details on practice:
First power play: Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Franzen, Bertuzzi (net front), Kronwall; 2nd: Nyquist-Tatar-Sheahan (net front), DeKeyser-Kindl.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 24, 2014
Dan Rosen of NHL.com adds more on Zetterberg's practice role:
Detroit lines: Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Franzen-Helm-Nyquist, Bertuzzi-Sheahan-Tatar, Miller-Glendenning-Legwand.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) April 24, 2014
Following practice, head coach Mike Babcock updated Zetterberg's status (via the Red Wings and Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press):
UPDATE: Henrik Zetterberg has gone to see the doctors; he's a game-time decision #RedWings— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 24, 2014
Mike Babcock says Henrik Zetterberg told him "he's going to the doctor." Babcock hopeful Z playing, has him in lineup, on power play.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) April 24, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 23
Ansar Khan of MLive.com has the latest on Henrik Zetterberg:
Zetterberg more involved in practice drills today.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 23, 2014
Lines: Bertuzzi-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Franzen-Helm-Nyquist, Miller/Andersson-Glendening-Legwand.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 23, 2014
Zetterberg said today was his first real good practice. Doesn't sound like he's playing tomorrow but wouldn't completely rule it out.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 23, 2014
Zetterberg spoke about the practice and his return (via Dan Rosen of NHL.com):
Zetterberg said he has to be cleared by team doctors and as of Wednesday afternoon he wasn't planning to visit with them before Game 4. He said he's still eyeing the second round for his potential return and that the late start to the Red Wings-Bruins series helped.
"I have to feel ready to play. Today was a good step in practicing," Zetterberg said. "We're still saying round two, but we all know we gained a couple of days. I can't really say anything now. I'm just happy I had my first real skate and now we'll see how I feel in the morning."
"The good thing is [the decision] is not in my corner, I've got to be cleared by the doctor," Zetterberg said. "I've got to do all those exams. I'm just preparing myself to get into better and better shape, try and get as much game-like situations as I can in practice. Today was a good day of that.
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Helene St James of the Detroit Free Press has more info on Zetterberg:
Henrik Zetterberg (back) ended up skating before #RedWings practice, felt good but opted not to push it with any practice.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) April 15, 2014
Ansar Khan of MLive.com has more on the forward's progress:
Zetterberg said plan is to return for Round 2 but didn't rule out return late in first round with series start later pic.twitter.com/OwkiFv6p7Z— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 15, 2014
Zetterberg also says he plans to practice on Thursday (via the Red Wings):
Zetterberg also said that he plans to practice with the team on Thursday #RedWings— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 15, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 14
Ansar Khan of MLive.com has the latest on Henrik Zetterberg:
Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will practice with the team on Tuesday for the first time since before the Olympics.
It remains to be seen if Zetterberg can return late in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Bruins, a series that begins on Friday.
“There’s no timeframe,” Holland said. “We need another week before we can have any discussions where he’s at. It’s good news he’s going to skate with the team (Tuesday), but the bigger news is how does he feel on Wednesday. Then if he feels good enough skate on Wednesday the next bigger news will be how does he feel to skate on Thursday.”
Holland added, “He’s not playing this weekend. He might be out for the entire first round series.”
Updates from Thursday, April 10
Sportsnet Hockey Central has an update on Henrik Zetterberg's health:
Babcock on Wings' playoff health: "I don't know if Zetterberg's in the picture or not."— Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) April 10, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Feb 22
Larry Lage of the Associated Press has more bad news regarding Zetterberg:
#RedWings GM Ken Holland doesn't expect Henrik Zetterberg to play again during the regular season because of his back ailment.— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) February 22, 2014
Holland says if #RedWings extend postseason to 23, he hopes Zetterberg can return to play— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) February 22, 2014
Holland also said he's told Zetterberg's back problem should not threaten to end his career prematurely @georgemalik— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) February 22, 2014
Updates from Friday, Feb. 21
The Red Wings' official Twitter feed has the latest update on Zetterberg, and the news isn't good
BREAKING: Henrik Zetterberg has undergone successful back surgery. The team will re-evaluate his status in 8 weeks.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 21, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Feb. 16
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press provides a statement from Red Wings general manager Ken Holland discussing Henrik Zetterberg's injury status:
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Zetterberg, who has had to pull out of the Sochi Games because of devastating back pain, "is hoping to fly home Tuesday."
"He wants to get home, go see a doctor, figure out what's next," Holland said.
Updates From Friday, Feb. 14
Zetterberg is officially out for the remainder of the Olympics, according to the Games' official site:
The Swedish national team loses its captain Henrik Zetterberg due to an old back injury. He will leave the tournament after having played one game.
Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden's goalie, talked about the impact losing Zetterberg would have, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet:
Henrik Lundqvist says that replacing Henrik Zetterberg at these Olympics will be "impossible" for Sweden.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 14, 2014
Detroit Free Press reporter Helene St. James has the latest on Zetterberg's status:
"I just feel my energy went down when I heard the news," Swedish and Wings teammate Daniel Alfredsson said. "He's our leader, our captain and one of our best players. To replace him is going to be impossible."
Zetterberg could not be reached for comment, but he told Sweden's Aftonbladet that "it's the same problems as before, with my back. Only 20 times worse. I just can't play anymore here; it's impossible.
"I can hardly move, the pain is incredible. It's really sickening. I've been looking forward to this tournament for years and to have to leave it, I'm so frustrated."
According to NHL.com, Henrik Zetterberg is day-to-day with a back injury:
Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg did not take part in practice Thursday and missed the team picture due to a herniated disk.
Zetterberg is day-to-day and could still play against Switzerland on Friday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN), according to Sweden team doctor Bjorn Waldeback.
"We will [make the] decision [Friday] and see how he feels and how he adjusts to anti-inflammatory treatment and rest," Waldeback said.
Sweden's star winger reportedly is out for the rest of the tournament, per Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press:
However, those reports have not been confirmed.
The 33-year-old has been dealing with back problems throughout his entire career, so it's no surprise that the issue has cropped up in the Games.
Sweden's team doctor Bjorn Waldeback said earlier on Thursday that Zetterberg "has a problem with a disk hernia," per Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
“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,” Waldeback said.
Sweden has one of the strongest teams in the Olympics, but losing a player of Zetterberg's quality is a crushing blow.
Zetterberg himself also has to be gutted, as well, because at his age, there's no telling whether he'll be able to earn a spot on the national team in four years' time. This could be his last chance to lead Sweden to glory.
With the competition still in the preliminary round, there's still time for him to recover just enough to get back on the ice.
As for the Red Wings, they will certainly hope he is healthy for his return from the Olympics break to close out the NHL season. The postseason isn't a sure thing, and the Olympic break looked like a good time to regroup and get things on track.
Now the team has watched one of its most influential players suffer an injury ahead of the most critical stretch of the season.