Skip to content

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg will miss the start of playoff series against Phoenix

Apr 10, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

Comments Off
Henrik Zetterberg Getty Images

Detroit will start their playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes this week without a vital member of their lineup. Henrik Zetterberg has missed the team’s last two games with a knee injury suffered against Carolina early last week and now they’ll be without him for at least the start of the playoffs against the Coyotes this week.

Without Zetterberg to start the series, the Wings will be without one of their top two-way forwards and in Zetterberg he’s their top point producer. With 24 goals and 56 assists, Zetterberg’s 80 points are a team best and cutting out that sort of production from the Wings lineup going into a series facing Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and Dave Tippett’s defensive-minded team, the Wings have to feel good about starting at home to give them that advantage.

Expect Detroit to do what they did today against Chicago in their 4-3 win on NBC’s Game of the Week to try and handle Phoenix while Zetterberg is out. Lots of work from Pavel Datsyuk and getting guys like Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary, and Tomas Holmstrom more involved as well as more looks for Johan Franzen. It’s tough to feel bad for Detroit with a lineup like that, but Zetterberg is key to their hopes of making it to the Stanley Cup final.

Latest Posts
  1. Hitchcock knows how Quenneville felt as Blues take their own tough losses

    Apr 24, 2014, 1:59 AM EDT

    St Louis Blues v Nashville Predators Getty Images

    The Blackhawks gave the Blues a taste of their own medicine.

  2. Kane’s OT goal ties Blackhawks – Blues series at 2-2

    Apr 24, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT

    Ryan Miller, Andrew Shaw, Alex Pietrangelo AP

    Another memorable moment for the American star.

  3. Stars chase Andersen, tie series with Ducks 2-2

    Apr 23, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

    Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars - Game Four Getty Images

    Just a nightmarish evening for Anaheim.

  4. Penguins blow three-goal lead, Columbus evens series

    Apr 23, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

    Lee Stempniak, David Savard Lee Stempniak, David Savard

    Pittsburgh once again can’t hold a team to less than three goals.

  5. NHL suspends Matt Cooke for seven games

    Apr 23, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT

    Cooke

    He was punished for a knee-on-knee hit to Colorado’s Tyson Barrie.

  6. Video: Adams sparks Penguins run with shorthanded goal

    Apr 23, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

    Adams goal

    But Pittsburgh’s lead is far from secure.

  7. Ducks’ Getzlaf (upper body) isn’t available for Game 4 (Updated)

    Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

    Ryan Getzlaf, Kari Lehtonen, Erik Cole, Kevin Connauton AP

    He was second in the regular season scoring race.

  8. WATCH LIVE: Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars (Game 4)

    Apr 23, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Garbutt, Cody Eakin AP

    The game will start at 8:00 p.m. ET.

  9. WATCH LIVE: Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets (Game 4)

    Apr 23, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

    Artem Anisimov, Kris Letang AP

    Neither team has done a good job of playing with the lead.

  10. Mason has ‘no expectations’ of starting Game 4 for Flyers

    Apr 23, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Florida Panthers Getty Images

    He made his series debut in the late stages of Game 3.

Featured video

Chances Blue Jackets bounce back?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Backes (3072)
  2. T. Oshie (2482)
  3. M. Duchene (2412)
  4. B. Bishop (2181)
  5. S. Mason (2142)