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Henrik Zetterberg has herniated disc, uncertain for Sweden Friday

By Brian Stubits | Hockey writer

Henrik Zetterberg scored one of Sweden's four goals Wednesday. (Getty Images)
Henrik Zetterberg scored one of Sweden's four goals Wednesday. (Getty Images)

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A mystery began brewing on Thursday when Team Sweden, on a day off after Wednesday's 4-2 win over Czech Republic, showed up for practice and their team picture. Missing from the photo op was Henrik Zetterberg, the Swedish captain who also wears the C in Detroit.

Of course the immediate speculation shot toward an injury and that speculation was on the right track. Zetterberg was missing from the festivities because he was ailing. The good news for Sweden is that at least it doesn't sound too bad.

Certainly the Swedes would really like to have Zetterberg available to play on Friday because they face Switzerland, which won its first game against Latvia and is a strong defensive club. Sweden has already dealt with injuries up front, adding another to the mix doesn't help (though great defensemen does).

Zetterberg has missed a little bit of time with the Wings this season too but has been his usual self regardless. He played 45 games before the break and had a team-high 48 points with 16 goals and 32 assists. Not to mention he's a very strong defensive forward too.

If Zetterberg can't go, Marcus Johansson would most likely dress. He was the forward that sat for Sweden on Wednesday.

 
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