Zetterberg skated hard Friday, easily beating teammates when they did laps around the rink. He had missed the first round with an injured left knee.
“I’m excited to be back,” he said.
Zetterberg was healthy enough to play in Game 5 if needed, but the Red Wings swept Phoenix out of the first round before they could get to that point. Detroit didn’t look like they missed him much in dispatching the Coyotes, scoring at least four goals in each game. Zetterberg led the team in scoring during the regular season, racking up 80 points.
Zetterberg has 45 goals and 46 assists for the Red Wings in 97 career playoff games. While Detroit dominated with relative ease, Zetterberg is still a key cog in the Wings offense. He’s just two years removed from a Conn Smythe win in the postseason, when he scored 11 goals and had 13 assists