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Zetterberg scratched with upper-body injury vs. Panthers

Jan 26, 2014, 4:46 PM EST

Henrik Zetterberg AP

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg did not take warm-ups before the start of their game against the Florida Panthers and will not play.

Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News says Zetterberg is out day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Dan Cleary takes his spot in the lineup instead.

The Red Wings thought they were getting a healthier lineup with Johan Franzen making his return, but instead they’re having to make do without a different key player. Zetterberg missed nearly a month of time during December with a herniated disc.

Detroit is hurting down the middle of the ice. Pavel Datsyuk, Joakim Andersson, Stephen Weiss, and Cory Emmerton are all out with separate injuries. Toss in Zetterberg, who occasionally plays up the middle, and the Wings have some serious problems at the pivot.

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