Jan 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) makes a save on Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40) at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings Near Full Strength As NHL Playoffs Approach

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It was remarkable for the Detroit Red Wings just to make the playoffs considering all the injuries they have suffered.  Even more remarkable still is that the team will be near full strength when the playoffs start on Friday against the Boston Bruins.

This seasons exciting stretch run that culminated in the Wings 23rd straight playoff appearance also yielded some good news for the beleaguered line-up. Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk have both returned to the line-up in recent weeks and Henrik Zetterberg is poised to do the same.

According to an article by Helene St. James of the Free Press, Henrik Zetterberg will skate with the team this week and increase activity until the team is sure he experience a set-back in his recovery.

“He’ll need at least a week of skating before we see how he feels,” Holland said. “The hope is he can ramp it up every day. Is there a chance he can play in the first round? Yeah. But there’s also a chance he won’t play. The second round is a more likely scenario, but nothing is certain. First, he has to dip his toe in the water.”

The first toe in the water was dipped on Tuesday during practice. As Zetterberg gets deeper into the water hopefully he won’t experience the shock some guys experience once the water reaches his midsection.

The return of Zetterberg is the wildcard that could make the 8th seeded Wings as talented as any of the Teams in the Eastern conference.  If the Wings can get past the Bruins, the Wings should be tough to beat for any other team in the field headed to the Eastern Conference finals.  That is of course everything stays on track with Henrik Zetterberg.

 

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