Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg skated with teammates for a half-hour Thursday but is not expected to play until the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, if the Red Wings advance.
Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series against the Boston Bruins is Friday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, FS-D, NESN).
"Time-wise we were shooting for Round 2 if everything goes well," Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "Increase intensity every day and hopefully in a couple days maybe I can do some more battling drills."
Zetterberg had back surgery on Feb. 21 after he was injured during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
"I think today is just one of the steps that I have to take," Zetterberg said. "I have to start skating with the team a little bit and it was fun to be out there today and didn't do that much but hopefully I can do more tomorrow."
Coach Mike Babcock is not certain when he will have Zetterberg available. The forward traveled with the team to Boston.
"I saw him at Nick Lidstrom's retirement March 6 and he couldn't walk," Babcock said. "He hobbled his way out onto the ice. Now he's out there skating. That's a long way in a short period of time. Anyone that's been injured and off a good chunk of time when they arrive back they see how fast everything is. It's hard. That's the tough thing about injuries; even when you get the guys back, they're not themselves. They wear the same number but they don't do what they did because it's just too hard."
Zetterberg had 16 goals and 48 points with a plus-19 rating in 45 games. He last played in the NHL on Feb. 8.