The Detroit Red Wings apparently will get a major boost for Game 4 of their playoff series against the Boston Bruins on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.
According to a Hockey News report, their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, has been cleared by doctors to play a little more than two months after having back surgery.
The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell, citing a source close to the team, reports that Zetterberg likely will play only "limited minutes," somewhere in the range of 10 to 12.
Still, getting their leader back has to be an emotional lift for the Red Wings, who trail the series 2-1 after dropping the last two games and getting outscored 7-1 in the process.
Zetterberg didn’t rule out playing in Game 4 when asked about it Wednesday afternoon.
"What I’ve gone through, I’m ahead of pace and there’s a reason for that," he said after Wednesday’s practice. "If there weren’t any playoffs or if we were going to the first day of training camp, I wouldn’t be doing the stuff that I’m doing now.
"We want to rush it, but we want to do it at a safe pace. As soon as I can get in, I will."
Zetterberg had 48 points in 45 games for the Wings this season before a nagging back injury sidelined him after playing just one game for Team Sweden in the Sochi Olympics. He underwent back surgery Feb. 21.