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.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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