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Red Wings' Zetterberg sidelined by surgery

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Henrik Zetterberg may not return to the Wings due to an injury.

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg played one game as captain of Team Sweden at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, before having to be flown to New York City for a surgery on his back. The injury could keep him out of action for the season.

The Red Wings addressed the surgery in a press release today. 

DETROIT- Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg today underwent successful surgery on his back. The procedure was performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. The team will reevaluate Zetterberg's status after eight weeks. Zetterberg has missed 13 games during the 2013-14 season due to injury.

The Detroit Free Press' Helene St. James reports that this recovery period will keep Zetterberg out through the rest of the regular season.

Zetterberg has been with the Red Wings since he was drafted in 1999.

At the time he was an underdog and chosen 210th in the draft. However, he greatly exceeded expectations and has become one of the most promising offensive talents in the NHL. He was named the 36th captain of the Detroit Red Wings just last year. 

Zetterberg has missed 13 games this season due to injury.

– Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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