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Henrik Zetterberg won’t play in Detroit’s final two games against Chicago

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The precise severity of Henrik Zetterberg’s lower-body injury is still unknown, but Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that he won’t play in the team’s final two games of the season, according to Ansar Khan.

This isn’t necessarily awful news for Detroit – after all, they are wise to rest Zetterberg even if his injury is only minor – but it is fantastic news for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are trying to hold off the Dallas Stars for one of the West’s final two playoff spots, so not having to deal with a two-way forward who leads the Red Wings with 80 points is a nice perk.

Detroit will likely still be a tough opponent for Chicago, but the bigger picture concern is obviously Zetterberg’s health going into the playoffs. Babcock said that the Red Wings’ doctors will take a look at Zetterberg on Thursday, so we might get a better idea about how serious the injury might be tomorrow.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.