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Zetterberg is a Game-Time Decision

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Mike Babcock said Friday morning that Henrik Zetterberg is a game-time decision with a "middle-body" injury. (Getty Images)
Mike Babcock said that forward Henrik Zetterberg will be a game-time decision when the Red Wings host the Northwest Division-leading Edmonton Oilers tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

Zetterberg was at Friday’s morning skate, but left the ice early, and was not available to the media afterwards.

“I think (Z) is in but I'm not 100 percent sure,” Babcock said. “It’s not an upper body, it's not a lower body, it's a middle body. How's that? I don't know if it's anything.”

If Zetterberg isn’t available for tonight’s game, Babcock anticipates moving Valtteri Filppula to center with Johan Franzen on left wing and either Jiri Hudler or Fabian Brunnstrom on the right side.

“We’ll see what happens,” Babcock said. “Like I said, I’m going to spend the afternoon figuring it out.”

Asked if it was up to Zetterberg on whether he plays or not, Babcock said, “It’s always up to the player if he plays. I mean if he’s feeling good he’ll be playing, if he’s not feeling good he won’t be playing.”

Forward Patrick Eaves will return to the lineup after missing the last three games with a sore lower back. Still looking for his first point of the season, he’ll skate on the fourth line with rookie center Cory Emmerton and forward Drew Miller.

“He’s in tonight because of the penalty-kill,” said Babcock, referring to Eaves. “Our penalty-kill’s got to be better. We think our structure has been better than our results. We don’t think we’re giving up that much, but it’s in our net all of the time. We want to be a great penalty-kill team, and Patty Eaves is a good penalty-killer.”

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