Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is progressing well from his herniated disc and should be ready to play in the first game following the Christmas break.

“He’ll be ready to go the 28th (at Florida),” general manager Ken Holland said Thursday.

Zetterberg skated with the team today for the first time since his most recent game, Dec. 1 at Ottawa. He is eligible to come off long-term injured reserve on Dec. 28.

Meanwhile, center Stephen Weiss will see a groin/abdominal specialist Friday in Philadelphia to determine if he needs surgery. Weiss will miss his fifth game in a row tonight and won’t be back anytime soon, it appears.

“I’m assuming the issues he has now probably surfaced a month ago (when he missed six games from Nov. 9-21),” Holland said.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard (sprained left MCL) put on his pads before the morning skate today and spent some time on the ice.

“I wouldn’t rule out (his return) on our road trip to Florida-Nashville (Dec. 28-30),” Holland said. “Even if he’s ready to go we won’t play him on the 28th because he’s going to need some practice time. But I would think the 30th, the Winter Classic (Jan. 1) or the 4th in Dallas he’ll be in the net, barring a setback.”

Johan Franzen (concussion) won’t return until after the Christmas break. He hasn’t been on the ice since getting injured on Sunday.

Gustav Nyquist (groin) didn’t skate today but remains day-to-day. Darren Helm (sprained shoulder) didn’t skate today due to the flu, but is closer to returning.

DeKeyser feels great, Abdelkader symptom-free

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (separated shoulder on Nov. 19) hoped to be cleared by the doctor Thursday evening. He didn’t rule out returning Saturday in Toronto or Monday.

“I feel great,” DeKeyser said. “Some stuff is going to come back to me when I start playing as far as maybe being in game shape and that kind of thing, but I’m skating well and moving the puck well; I’m shooting well, so I feel really good.”