Henrik Zetterberg hasn’t played since December 1, when the Detroit Red Wings took on the Ottawa Senators. He logged more than 19 minutes of ice time that night and there was no reason to believe that anything was wrong with Detroit Captain. Zetterberg hasn’t played since that night though, and has been on the shelf with a herniated disc, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com.
The Wings have moved him to the LTIR with the injury.
UPDATE: The #RedWings have placed Henrik Zetterberg on long-term IR; he can return on Dec. 28 against Florida.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 11, 2013
Despite not having played in the last 11 days, Zetterberg is still Detroit’s leading scorer by five points. He had 11 goals and 19 assists in 28 games played before going down with the injury. The 33-year-old isn’t close to being able to resume skating, and he spoke to Khan prior to Tuesday’s contests against the Florida Panthers and spoke about how he was progressing:
Too early to say; take it step by step. Hopefully this week make some progress and we’ll see where it goes next… Looks like we’re doing the right things, just takes time… No timetable yet. Just got to see how I progress and feel with each step. Right now doing some rehab stuff and then we’ll see what the next step is.
Since losing Zetterberg, the Wings are 1-2-1.