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Wounded Wings: Zetterberg (back) out, joins Datsyuk on shelf

Dec 3, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings suffered another injury blow on Tuesday, as GM Ken Holland announced leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg would be out at least two weeks with a back injury.

Zetterberg, 33, is now on the shelf alongside the club’s second-leading scorer — Pavel Datsyuk — who is day-to-day with a head injury suffered over the weekend, and is doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the Flyers.

It’s unclear exactly when Zetterberg suffered his injury. He was absolutely lights-out during November, scoring 18 points in 14 games, but was held scoreless in back-to-back wins over the Islanders and Senators (he did play nearly 20 minutes in Ottawa, though.)

These aren’t the only injuries Detroit’s dealing with at the moment. Todd Bertuzzi has been sidelined with a bruised shoulder and defenseman Danny DeKeyser is on long-term injured reserve with a separated left shoulder.

As for Zetterberg, it looks as though he’ll miss around eight games with his back problem. The Wings have a pretty compressed schedule over the next two weeks, including a stretch from Dec. 10-17 where they play five times in seven eight nights.

UPDATE: Head coach Mike Babcock confirmed Bertuzzi won’t return for Wednesday’s game against Philly.

  1. cheliostwin - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Now we’ll see how Detroit’s depth is. Luckily Helm is back, plus Tatar and Nyquist have stepped in nicely. Alfredsson seems to be more comfortable now and is playing like the Wings expected from him. Maybe Weiss will use this opportunity to step up and begin producing.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Didn’t realize how bad of a season Weiss was having. 3 points? Yikes…

  2. muckleflugga - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    what’s babs to do…

    tuzzi on the limp, dats in and out of the fourth dimension, zee going going gone…who’s next, gabby, gussy, howie, millsy or muley

    gosh by golly geewillickers

  3. slaugin - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    How happy are the Wings they moved to the East? Had they still been in the West they be far out and chasing hard to get in Playoff contention after a tough start and key injuries

  4. saintsredwings - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    If only we can trade Weiss for a bag of pucks……

  5. saintsredwings - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Along with Sammy, Cleary and Bertuzzi. Maybe we can get some / a bit of value for Mule ????

  6. bozgood - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I’ve been watching the Wings for a long time now. With Pav and Z both out, look for Clearly to finally get rolling. He’s a veteran in the league and part of the leadership group Babcock talks about often.

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