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Zetterberg will take part in Red Wings’ practice today

Apr 15, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings managed to make the playoffs despite missing Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for a large part of the season. They’ve got Datsyuk back and Zetterberg might not be too far off based on the fact that he’ll take part in this morning’s practice.

“I don’t know if he’ll be in a full practice, but he’ll be on the ice at the start of it, be on for a little bit then get off,” GM Ken Holland told the Red Wings Front. “Then we’ll see how he is Wednesday.”

Zetterberg, who underwent back surgery on Feb. 21, started skating on his own last week. He has already been ruled out for the first two games of Detroit’s series with the Boston Bruins and the plan is to re-evaluate him next week.

Beating the Bruins will be a tall task for the Red Wings, but if they can at least drag out this series, then Zetterberg might return to help them pull off an upset.

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  1. 101starmymedic - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Even if he does play, one of the dirt-bag Bruins (Lucic, Thornton, Chara, Boychuk, Hamilton) will more than likely try to run him and re-injure him. That’s the one thing about this first round match-up I don’t like, the Bruins are a really dirty team.

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Hamilton?

      Sounds like you are afraid of the Red Wings getting hit and my advice would be to watch another sport then because checking is a big part of the game. As for the dirt-bags – don’t the Wings still employ Bertuzzi, one of the all-time biggest dirt bags in the game? How’s that trail going for him?

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        *trial

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Marchand, not Hamilton. That was an error on my part. Also, with Bertuzzi, one incident does not a criminal make. He hasn’t done anything remotely dirty since. I’m not afraid of the Wings getting hit. The more they get hit, the more likely it is the Bruins will take penalties. Bring it on. If any team can beat the Bruins, it’s the team that went 3-1 against them. You should be a little nervous.

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        101starmymedic I am excited for the series and I agree the Bruins will have their hands full with the Red Wings, as demonstrated by the regular season record which you referenced. The Red Wings are fast and don’t take stupid penalties generally. The Bruins have a tough time with teams like this.

        As for one incident does not make a criminal – I beg to differ. Our jails are full of criminals who committed one incident. Bertuzzi’s was horrific. I recognize he hasn’t had further discipline since but to come out of the gates crying about the Bruins hurting your players sounds a little scared to me. Make the excuses after the series if you need to, otherwise you sound nervous/ scared.

      • dolanster - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        “One incident does not a criminal make” — technically incorrect, as many of the offenders sitting in jail would tell you. You don’t have to wait until your second crime to get locked up.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      True Red Wing fans don’t whine and call people dirt-bags, Hamilton really?

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        I think everyone is nervous. It’s the playoffs. I have to take acid reflux pills during the playoffs because my stomach gets upset from all the excitement. This is coming from an Army Medic…I’m right as rain in a combat environment, no problems, but as soon as the effing playoffs start…where’s my prilosec.

        What Bertuzzi did was horrific, I don’t think he intended for that to happen at all. What about Thornton though? He knew what he was doing…then Orp’s went down and he continued…I think they’re both guilty. However, saying I’m a Bertuzzi fan/supporter because he’s on the Red Wings is a bit presumptuous. I don’t like Bert’s, or Quincy, or Cleary, or Weiss, God above do I abhor Steven Weiss…thanks for the cap hit bro.

      • rbbbaron - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Can’t blame Weiss for the cap hit– he like any other player wants to make as much money as possible; I don’t know of a player who has ever turned down an offer on the grounds that he felt it he’d have been earning too much…
        If you’re looking for someone to blame, that should fall on the enabling GM who gave him that stupid contract.

    • mizbinboston - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Stop whining. B’s are a team built for the play-offs. Hard-nosed? Yes. Dirty? Nah. Admit it: we’d love to have a Lucic or Thornton or Hamilt–I mean Marchand (how do you confuse those two guys?) on our team. Last time the Wings tried that angle, we ended up with Tootoo.
      Get over the name calling and take pride in the team we have. I think the B’s will take it in 6, but it’s going to be insanely exciting to see what Detroit’s young guys can do. The Wings’ future looks pretty bright.

    • joey4id - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      We saw the intensity rise a few notches between Oct and Feb, and then some more going down the stretch. Now we’re about to see the most intense and grueling championship tournament in sports. This is where you separate the whiners from the winners. If you whine you lose. Everyone will bring their game up a few more notches and finishing checks is part of the DNA of any system in the playoffs. If you can’t take a check, then you whine and don’t deserve to win. Do you think players don’t know who on the other side is nursing an injury? They do, and they have a good idea what is ailing them. You want to finish your check (cleanly) and make sure your opponent feels the pain where it hurts. That’s playoff hockey. This is nothing like the Saints bounty system. Ex: You don’t take runs at MacKinnon because he’s rookie, but you hit him every chance you get and add a little more force than you would normally. You want to test his resolve, and hope it’s going to throw him off his game. If Zetterberg can’t take the hits than he shouldn’t be dressed. Suck it up, boys!

      “Bergeron revealed he suffered a broken rib and muscle and cartilage damage in Game 5 and his trip to the hospital was necessitated because of doctors’ concern for a potential injury to his spleen.”

      “He started Game 6 with those injures and then sustained a separated shoulder.”

      “It’s the Stanley Cup final,” Bergeron said. “Everyone is banged up. Everyone wants to help the team. I couldn’t do that in Game 5. It was mostly because they were worried about my spleen being hurt. That’s why we had to go to the hospital, but everything was fine. It was just the ribs and muscle and soft tissues. I would have liked to have stayed in it, but I was going through a lot of pain.”

      “Later, Bruins teammate Tyler Seguin said Bergeron also had an issue with his nose”

      “Bob Gainey played Game 6 of the 1984 semifinals with one shoulder dislocated and the other separated. “We didn’t have a lot of depth,” Gainey says, “and I thought I could play eight or 10 minutes and kill penalties.”

      “On March 20, 1994, Carolina Hurricanes left wing Gary Roberts, then with the Calgary Flames, had his right thumb shattered in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs when it was hit by a shot. Trainers stanched the flow of blood, and he didn’t miss a shift. Between periods Roberts had the finger put in a splint, and he kept playing in the following weeks while it healed. In the playoffs that spring Roberts, who couldn’t lift his right arm above his head because of an injured neck, put on a protective collar for Game 6 of the first round against the Vancouver Canucks. However, he removed it in overtime because he was having difficulty looking down and seeing loose pucks near his skates. Roberts was by far the best player in the series.”

  2. redwingsfan101 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Relax dropthepuckeh the bruins are a dirty team. And Bertuzzi doesn’t even do that stuff anymore, he barely fights or hits hard ever. Especially compared to the bruins, plus you probably won’t even see him during all of the playoffs cuz our young guys are playing. As for Hank are, I really hope we get him back soon cuz he could be the difference in the whole series.

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      “He doesn’t do that stuff anymore” – oh ok so I totally get why the Bruins are dirty team then. Just for my enlightenment, when does the statute run out for being dirty so I can feel good again about the Bruins? Because legally, Bertuzzi is still on the hook.

      My advice for you would be to stop making excuses before the series even starts. You sound scared.

      • thethorntonstrokes - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Lol what Thornton did could easily have had the same outcome. Just shut up

  3. redwingsfan101 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Hank,*

  4. jmoroni89 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    This going to be the best opening match-up this year. 2 original 6 power houses, 1 finesse and other physically dominant. Defense is going play a huge role and Boston is leaps and bounds better defensively (I’m a HUGE Wings fans). Hank shouldn’t be brought back until the 2nd round (if we advance) let the kids take us through the 1st round and this will tell you how set we are for the future. I know he played one game, but Sproul is already better than Lashoff and Kindl. Regardless, if Nyquist can continue to perform beyond his years the Wings could catch the Bruins off guard especially if the Vet’s come back. Howard is going to have to be better than he’s ever been. Let’s go Wings! I’m saying Wings in 7.

    • rbbbaron - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      For all the crap that Kindl gets (and occasionally I help shovel it), he actually has the second highest on-ice team save percentage (.928) of any Wings blueliner, only behind DeKeyser (.936). Maybe it’s because they are sometimes paired together and DeKeyser is actually the defensive talent there, but in any case they’ve played a big role in keeping Jimmy/Monster’s save percentage afloat.

      • jmoroni89 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        My issue with Kindl is that he consistently passes to someone who isn’t open or leads the puck to someone who isn’t going to be able to get past the defender. I understand you like him but he is barley a top 6 defenseman. Sproul and Oullet should get more ice time than him next year. I’m curious to see what Holland does this summer regarding our D. IMO kronwall, dekeyser, Sproul and Oullet are our best Dmen.

      • rbbbaron - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Actually I’m not that terribly fond of Kindl, especially given the composition of the Wings’ d-corps. Babcock ultimately has to run with him because that’s what Holland has delivered; he already buried Tootoo, he can’t go burying another guy– one with 3yrs left @ 2.4mil no less.

  5. atoj777 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Go Hank! My only fear would be that he comes back too early. He’s the Cap, and his leadership and work ethic on the ice is indispensable.

  6. nhbsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Can one of you guys who think the Bruins are a “dirty team” clarify exactly what makes them dirty please? Also, Marchand is not “dirty”, he’s a pest…they are not the same thing.

    I guess being a big physical team means you are dirty?

    • 11111111111a22 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Google: “Lucic Ryan Miller” and “Chara Max Pacioretty stanchion”

    • rbbbaron - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Google “Boston Bruins”

  7. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    The best way to keep from getting hit is to play faster than the other team. Boston will try to lure the wings into a physical beat down. Detroit is notorious for not playing that type of game.

  8. bruinsfan55 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Relax people, neither team is “dirty.” The Bruins are arguably the most physical, hard hitting team in the league. The Wings are a great team with awesome veteran talent along with the young kids. Should be a great series that will probably go to 7 games.

  9. wingsfan97 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Bruins are not dirty,they just play physical….go wings

  10. terrier92 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Thst is going to be great series between too talented respected organizations. Let the games begin and let the better team win.

  11. montrealbbr - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    The Bruins are dirty and their fans are idiots for thinking they arent. And Hamilton should be mentioned with Chara, Lucic, Thornton and Boychuk as dirty. He took out Stamkos at the beginning of the season.

    I cant wait to hear the excuses when the Bruins lose this series. They will try to hit and cheapshot their way to a win but Detroit will end up skating circles around them. Detroit in 5!

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Habsman/ greenmtboy/montrealbbr – whatever your name is today. If you think Hamilton deliberately took out Stamkos then you are more delusional than I thought. Shouldn’t you blame it on Collin Campbell? Or maybe make fun of Claude’s last name – your typical non-witty banter that clogs the airwaves.

      You should be more worried about your Habs getting past Tampa, something they haven’t had a lot of success with this year.

      I’m looking forward to the extra energy and passion which erupts from the start of the playoffs tomorrow night for all teams. The best time of the year.

    • joey4id - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      I agree with you on one point. Hamilton unnecessarily bumped Stamkos as they were both approaching the net which caused Stamkos to fall and hit the net. Total disregard for the safety of a player.

  12. druhlman - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Dropthepuckeh I may be wrong but I’m pretty sure 90% of the time on the Wings run Bertuzzi has actually been a healthy scratch for them.

  13. bensawesomeness - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Ignoring this whole debate of nonsense you all have been going on about

    Z has a CHANCE to come back , only because the series doesn’t even start til Friday. If it happens to be a long series, we got a shot at our Captain returning

    That being said, you’d hope that they wouldn’t rush him back from back surgery. hopefully they’ll be safe about it

  14. ironmd778 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Do some of you knuckleheads know the difference between dirty and tough? You’re out of your minds if you wouldn’t want your team to emulate the Bruins style. Tough, hard working approach as a team. They are not dirty. Get a clue.

    • rbbbaron - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      “You’re out of your minds if you wouldn’t want your team to emulate the Bruins style.”
      Well, I guess I’m out of my mind if it means that I’m okay with the Wings simply putting their heads down and largely playing a gentleman’s game rather than punching guys while down on the ice, freight-training goalies, riding guys into stanchions, and accusing the other teams of diving while making some timely flops all the while. And all to the soundtrack of that clown up in the Bruins broadcast booth…

  15. isphet71 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    The Bruins aren’t a dirty team. They play hard and that makes some of their plays dirty at times, but it doesn’t seem intentional. The Wings can be like that at times, too. Legwand’s butt-end in the Pens game, for example, was probably dirtier than anything I’ve seen the Bruins do this year (though I don’t watch them much.)

    I’m actually kind of surprised but I have a grudging admiration for Boston’s team as a Wings fan. Their fans are smart and respectable along in the way that only an original 6’s teams’ fans can be (Except Montreal, those jerkwads.) I also think we also share a special hatred for the Penguins and Crosby.

    Boston should win this series, but they better look out because the Wings are a very dangerous team that could easily step up and win this series if the Bruins and especially Rask aren’t on their “A” game. I’m hoping the Wings can pull it out, but the Bruins probably have to crack that door open for them to make it happen.

    And whoever wins this series better smash Montreal and the Penguins or I will be mad. Can’t lose to those teams – they suck.

  16. crusty14 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    I have great respect for the wings, but I think the bruins physicality will eventually wear them down. Bruins in 6

  17. redwingsfan101 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    isphet71 did you not see the Neal cross check to Glendenings face the same game legwand did that? They both got fined the same amount but for some reason legwand got kicked out with a 5 min major and Neal only got 2 mins. Talk about dirty.

  18. redwingsfan101 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I think sproul and Oullet would be able to come up next year but I don’t believe that holland would do it. I think he’s gonna try sign another reliable top 4 dman this off season and the lines would be:
    Kronwall-ericson
    New Dman-Dekeyser
    Quincey-smith
    Backup:lashoff and kind

    Holland is known for letting his prospects cook in the AHL for a while.

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