Henrik Zetterberg is set to return to the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings, according to NHL.com. Detroit’s captain hasn’t played since December 1 against the Ottawa Senators. He finished that game, but was later diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back and hasn’t played since. He’ll be back when the Red Wings square off with the Florida Panthers on Saturday though.
Henrik Zetterberg is expected to be back in the Red Wings lineup on Saturday. http://t.co/zBv38DeEqK
— theScore (@theScore) December 26, 2013
The team has gone 3-6-2 without Zetterberg in the lineup. Despite missing 11 contests, the 33-year-old is still the team leader in points, maintaining a one-point lead over Pavel Datsyuk. In general, Detroit has been struggling to stay healthy recently, and getting Zetterberg back into the lineup will be a big boost as the Red Wings try to slow their slide down the standings.
While they’re still in playoff position, their struggles through November and December have allowed several teams to close the gap. The Montreal Canadiens have taken over the final divisional playoff seed, but the Red Wings are still in a wild card position. They have a five-point lead over the New York Rangers and a two-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are in possession of the final wild card spot.