Jan 20, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40) skates with the puck in the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Red Wing’s Henrik Zetterberg game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Bruins


The Detroit Red Wings may get a big boost in their Game 4 vs. the Boston Bruins as their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, is a game-time decision after going through a practice on Wednesday and took part in Thursday morning’s skate at the Joe Louis Arena giving hope that he will return to the Wings for the first time since Feb. 8.

Prior to the start of this series, Zetterberg all but ruled himself out for the first round, only leaving the door open for a potential return in a Game 7 scenario. Despite being out of action for 10 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc it may be unrealistic to expect Zetterberg to look at top form, but head coach Mike Babcock is excited to get his leadership back in the ice more than anything else.

“I can expect him to provide great leadership, both in the room and on the bench. If we get nothing else, that’s good enough,” Babcock said. “But I think he’s pretty competitive and he’s been working at it. When you have back surgery they don’t let you come back early. The doctors and him have a plan. He’s been skating a lot, done some bumping. He feels he’s close, that’s why he’s going to see the doctor.”

If Zetterberg can take the ice he will be on a line centered by Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader on the right wing.

The Red Wings trail the Bruins 2-1 in the series and have struggled offensively in the last two games, scoring only once against Tuukka Rask and the Bruins stifling defense.

An unexpected return from the captain could be the momentum the Red Wings need to crack that impenetrable defense tonight in Hockeytown.

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