There are plenty of reasons why the Detroit Red Wings have managed to score only two goals in their three games against the Boston Bruins. The B’s smothering defense. The efficient play of goalie Tuukka Rask. The inexperience of Detroit’s young forward corps. Pavel Datsyuk playing at less than 100 percent.
Oh, and they’ve been playing without their leading scorer.
Not much the Wings can do about the first four, but that last one? According to Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, that will change tonight.
A source close to the Red Wings said Henrik Zetterberg has been cleared to play tonight, after missing the last 30 games (including playoffs) and all but one game of the Olympics with a back injury. The source said Zetterberg will likely play only “limited minutes,” somewhere in the range of 10 to 12, but even that will be a massive upgrade for a Red Wings team that is reeling with injuries and has been outscored by the Bruins 7-1 in the past two games.