The Detroit Red Wings could be faced with playing most if not all of their first-round series against Phoenix without leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg, who still isn't even able to skate. Meanwhile, defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who has missed five games with an upper body injury, said he'll decide after Wednesday's morning skate whether he'll play. Game 1 is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena. Zetterberg has been out since hurting his left knee Wednesday at Carolina. Teams won't disclose much about injuries this close to the playoffs, but Zetterberg didn't hide the brace he wore when he spoke to reporters today, and his voice didn't exactly brim with enthusiasm. He kept his answers short, saying that "I'm feeling better," "I'm day-to-day," and "The percentage would say I'm not playing tomorrow." If the injury at all has to do with his MCL, the recovery time usually is four weeks. "He'll continue to be day-to-day till he's back," coach Mike Babcock said. Zetterberg naturally wishes he could play. "It is tough -- it's the first playoffs that I'm not really healthy," he said. "This is the best time of year, and you want to be out there."
Day before playoffs, and Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg still can't skate
Detroit Free Press | Apr 12