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Henrik Zetterberg to miss at least two weeks with back injury

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Henrik Zetterberg will miss a minimum of two weeks with a back injury. (USATSI)
Henrik Zetterberg will miss a minimum of two weeks with a back injury. (USATSI)

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Henrik Zetterberg has been all-everything for the Detroit Red Wings this season, which is why him getting hurt could have disastrous implications for the club. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Zetterberg will miss a minimum of two weeks with a small herniated disk. Detroit is also already without Pavel Datsyuk who is day-to-day with a head injury.

Zetterberg leads the team with 30 points in 28 games and was red-hot in the month of November.

The Wings have been able to keep pace in the underwhelming Eastern Conference and currently sit third in the Atlantic Division with a 14-7-7 record. With Zetterberg out, things could get a bit sketchy for Detroit over the next two weeks.

The schedule isn't exactly a buzzsaw, but it is compacted with games against the Flyers, Devils and two against the Panthers to start. Then the Wings head into a pair against the Lightning as well as home tilts against the Penguins and Ducks that could prove especially challenging.

Zetterberg averages over 20 minutes a night, carries a plus-12 rating and is top-10 in the league for shots on goal with 99. It goes without saying, he is a huge part of this team and without him in the lineup for any amount of time, the Red Wings could be in trouble.

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