Jan 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40) skates with the puck as Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (81) chases in overtime at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg doubtful for series vs. Boston Bruins

The Detroit Red Wings extended their impressive postseason streak to 23 consecutive season, but they likely will have to get past the Boston Bruins in the first round for their captain Henrik Zetterberg to make an appearance.

Zetterberg has been sidelined since undergoing back surgery on Feb. 21 that ended his time with the Sweden team in the Winter Olympics and has yet to be cleared for contact, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

“I haven’t skated a lot,” Zetterberg tells St. James on Tuesday, “so I think for this phase it’s going to be on the ice more, skating more, and being more involved with the team. That’s going to decide when I come back. It’s impossible to say now. “So far, everything has been good. Just have to take it day-by-day.”

Zetterberg only recently began light skating and hasn’t taken part in practice yet for the No. 8 seeded Wings who begin their trek toward a 12th Stanley Cup, and the franchise’s first since 2008, on Friday in Boston.

Zetterberg does not rule out a return for a potential Game 7 which would be on April 30 and more than nine weeks removed from his surgery, but

The Wings went 3-1 against the Bruins, including taking the last three straight by a combined score of 12-5, although only one of those came without Zetterberg in the lineup.

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