As if karma hasn't worked its magic on the Red Wings for performing extremely well without Datsyuk, another star player is down.
That's right, Henrik Zetterberg will miss a minimum of two weeks with a small herniated disk.
It goes without saying that this is an extremely tough break for a Red Wings team that was finally starting to hit a groove again, but nevertheless, as we say in college, s*** happens.
Pavel Datsyuk skated Monday, not practicing today. No Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc) through weekend, safe to say. #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) December 3, 2013
Per Ken Holland, Henrik Zetterberg will miss a minimum of two weeks with a small herniated disc. #RedWings— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 3, 2013
The 33 year old Swedish captain has played in all 28 games this season, recording 11 goals and 30 points through the beginning of the season.
Luckily for the Wings, after tomorrow night's contest against the surging Philadelphia Flyers, they will hit a lull in the schedule with a back to back between the Devils and Panthers. The next big game comes on Saturday, December 14 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home.
If the Red Wings can tread water and find a guy to step up into the first line center role at least until Pasha gets back, they'll be fine. The only problem is that nobody knows when that is either.
More details to follow.
[UPDATE 1:04 PM - Just like we thought, the Wings made the one move they could without having to put somebody on LTIR, waivers, or a trade.]
The Wings have recalled center Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids, Ken Holland said.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) December 3, 2013