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Zetterberg out Monday, doubtful Tuesday

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

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Goals: 15 | Assists: 34 | Pts: 49

Shots: 169 | +/-: -2
ANAHEIM, Calif.Henrik Zetterberg will miss his first game of the season when the Red Wings face-off tonight against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

Zetterberg, who was punched in the head during the team’s 7-6 overtime win at Dallas on Saturday is also doubtful Tuesday when the Red Wings continue their six-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

“I talked to him. He got punched in the head,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said late Monday afternoon. “(Zetterberg) Didn’t feel great after the game, so anytime you have any kind of head injury – he got punched in the head – you don’t feel good and we’re not going to put you in the lineup.”

As for Tuesday’s game against the Kings, Holland said, “Probably wait to see how he feels tomorrow. I probably would say it’s doubtful for tomorrow, but I think the final decision will be made tomorrow.”

Zetterberg was injury during an encounter with Stars captain Jamie Benn early in the second period. Following a face-off in the Wings’ zone, Benn tried to get to the net, but was impeded by Zetterberg. Appearing agitated, Benn unleashed two elbow blows to the side of Zetterberg’s head.

The Stars’ forward received a two-minute roughing penalty for the incident.

Zetterberg is the Red Wings' leading scorer with 15 goals, 34 assists and 49 points.

As for rookie forward Teemu Pulkkinen, he too was hurt in Saturday’s game, suffering a lower-body injury late in the first period when he collided with Jordie Benn. Pulkkinen skated in the pre-game warmup at Honda Center. He took line rushes with forward Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss, who, in Zetterberg’s absence, will center the Wings’ third line.

The other lines for Monday are: Tomas Tatar, Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm; Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader; and Drew Miller, Luke Glendening and Tomas Jurco.

Holland also provided an injury update on Kyle Quincey, who is dealing with a chronic lower-body problem. The best chance for the veteran defenseman to play again is either Saturday in Nashville or at home next Wednesday against the New York Rangers.

Quincey hasn’t skated since last week in Chicago. He did some off-ice work outs on his own Sunday.

“If you’re not playing tonight we’re not putting you in tomorrow. Probably Saturday at the earliest. If you look at it, he didn’t skate Friday, he didn’t skate Saturday, didn’t skate Sunday, didn’t skate Monday. Wednesday is an off day. Realistically, I think the best we can hope for is Saturday and then after Saturday we play Wednesday. Realistically the earliest we can hope that he’s ready to go is Saturday. In the meantime, hopefully he gets better every day.”

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