Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Zetterberg Hopes to Play Tomorrow

More from Helene St. James of the Free Press, who's already over in Stockholm...

Update from Stockholm: The Wings have wrapped up practice for the day (they were outnumbered something like 3-to-1 by Swedish media) and all are expected to play tomorrow at Karlstad against Farjestad in the last exhibition game of the season.

I wonder what the media has been like for...who are the Red Wings playing again? At least the Blues have uniforms that are the same color (basically) as the Swedish flag. I wonder if that's why they got invited in the first place.

The one guy who is most questionable is Henrik Zetterberg, whose groin has given him problems now since training camp. He told me today that he felt good, however, and hopes to play tomorrow. I expect Zetterberg will be in the lineup tomorrow - he knows fans in Sweden are expecting to see him, and since Mike Babcock said he will dress 13 forwards and 7 defensemen, Zetterberg won't have to push himself if there are any flareups.

Helene, I most certainly agree with you. If Dan Cleary can play with two pulled groins in the SCF, then Hank can play with a tender one in his home country. I would expect that it would take something far worse to keep our Swedes off the ice for this one. Hank will play, "mark it, Dude".

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