-- The Red Wings lost their top producing forward when Henrik Zetterberg
was helped from the ice after an open-ice collision with Tampa Bay defenseman Mattias Ohlund Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Zetterberg leads the injury-plagued Red Wings this season with 10 goals and 22 assists. He is one of five Red Wings to have played in all 33 games. The others are forwards Todd Bertuzzi
and Tomas Holmstrom
, and Nicklas Lidstrom
and Brad Stuart
A Red Wings’ spokesman said that Zetterberg sustained an upper body injury and that he would not return to Thursday’s game. An update on Zetterberg’s condition is expected after the game.
Zetterberg was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week, for the period ending Nov. 15 when he collected 11 points in a six-game stretch that produced five wins for the Red Wings.
Zetterberg’s absence means the Wings are without nine regulars due to injury, joining Dan Cleary (separated shoulder), Johan Franzen
(torn ACL), Niklas Kronwall
(sprained knee), Valtteri Filppula
(broken wrist), Jason Williams (fractured fibula), Jonathan Ericsson
(bone bruise), Darren Helm
(sprained wrist) and Andreas Lilja (headaches).