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Zetterberg is last-minute scratch vs. Florida

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Left Wing  - DET
Goals: 16 | Assists: 28 | Pts: 44

Shots: 138 | +/-: 19
DETROIT Henrik Zetterberg, the Red Wings’ leading scorer, was a late scratch before Sunday’s home game against the Florida Panthers.

According to general manager Ken Holland, the Red Wings’ captain has an upper-body injury. Zetterberg’s status is day to day.

Johan Franzen, who returned to the Red Wings’ lineup Sunday after missing 16 games with a concussion, replaced Zetterberg as the top-line center between forwards Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.

The top line has been hot lately with Zetterberg producing eight points in the last four games. Meanwhile, Nyquist has six points and Abdelkader three points in the same span.

Zetterberg has had a history of back problems through his career. Last month, a sore lower back forced him to miss 11 games, which definitely had a negative affect on the Red Wings who struggled their way to a 3-6-2 mark without the captain.

Since returning Dec. 28, Zetterberg has averaged more than a point per game, producing 14 points in his last 12 games. He leads the Red Wings in goals (16), assists (28), points (44) and plus-minus (plus-19).

Zetterberg likely aggravated his herniated disk in the first period of Friday’s 4-1 win over Montreal. About 6 ½ minutes into the opening period, Zetterberg collided with defenseman Alexei Emelin, which sent the Wings’ captain head over heels behind the Canadiens’ net. A few minutes later, Zetterberg scored on a one-timer from the top of the left circle. With about four minutes left in the period he went to the dressing room and returned for the second period.

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