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Zetterberg in Wings' lineup vs. Nashville

Friday, 02.17.2012 / 7:32 PM / News

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

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Zetterberg in Wings' lineup vs. Nashville
After going through warmups on Friday night, Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg will play despite a lower-body injury that kept him out of practice.
DETROIT -- After going through warmups on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg will play despite a lower-body injury that kept him out of practice on Thursday.

Zetterberg tested out the undisclosed injury at the morning skate and said it was feeling better than it did on Thursday, but told reporters he was still day to day and would miss Friday night's game against the Nashville Predators. Things changed in the afternoon, when Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Zetterberg would test it out again during the pregame warmup.

The Swedish star forward went through the warmup, left the ice and apparently felt good enough to give it a go. He has scored goals in three of the last four games, including the last two in a row, and has six assists in the previous six contests -- heating up while centering the Red Wings' second line.

Tomas Tatar, recalled from Grand Rapids when it appeared Zetterberg would miss the game, will be a healthy scratch -- while Justin Abdelkader will go back to right wing on the third line.

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