Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg got a head start on his playoff beard as he recovers from back surgery.

Now, if his team can make it into the postseason for the 23rd consecutive year, it could get a huge boost from Zetterberg's return.

Zetterberg, addressing the media Wednesday for the first time since his operation on Feb. 21, said he’s anxious to play hockey again this season and still hoping to return early in the postseason, should his team qualify.

“That’s the goal,” Zetterberg said. “I want to play hockey again this year. Obviously, that would be sometime in the playoffs, so I might as well get a head start (on the playoff beard).”

Zetterberg has no time frame on when he can start skating. He is not supposed to have any contact for eight weeks from the time of the procedure, in which doctors removed part of a disc what was rubbing against a nerve, causing excruciating pain.

It forced him to withdraw from the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 14, after playing just one game for Sweden.