Just when Detroit Red Wings general manager Kenny Holland figured the injury bug could not bite his team any harder, it has.
The Wings discovered this morning that leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg will be out a minimum of two weeks with a slight separation of the left shoulder, an ailment he suffered with 1:43 remaining in the first period of Detroit’s 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night at Joe Louis Arena.
Zetterberg was crushed by a clean check delivered by veteran Lightning defenceman Mattias Ohlund, a blow that left the skilled Red Wings forward on his hands and knees before being helped off the ice.
Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the game that Zetterberg was able to drive himself to hospital, where he underwent an MRI. The results revealed that the Wings, at least in the short term, had best learn to survive without Zetterberg, who has 10 goals and 22 assists in 34 games.
Zetterberg joins a ridiculously long list of injured Red Wings that also includes Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary, Darren Helm and Jonathan Ericsson.