The Detroit Red Wings could have their captain back for Thursday’s Game 4 in their series against the Boston Bruins after Henrik Zetterberg had his first full practice in months and could return to the lineup much sooner than originally thought.
Zetterberg was doubtful to play at all in this series as he continued to recover from back surgery shortly after his Olympics came to an end after one game in Sochi for Team Sweden. With the Red Wings losing two in a row to fall down 2-1 in their best of seven series, a return by Zetterberg would be a welcome addition for the team who has scored one goal in the last two games against Tuukka Rask.
“Still taking it day by day,” Zetterberg said. “I still have to do some skating. This was nice. The playoffs you rarely have any practices, game-like practices or moments. Today was a good day of that. Hopefully, I can get some more of those in here.”
The decision won’t be Zetterberg’s or head coach Mike Babcock’s to make as the final decision will be made by the doctors who still need to clear him before the captain can get back on the ice.
Whether it’s Game 4 or not, it appears there is reason for optimism surrounding the health of Zetterberg.