DETROIT - The captain is back.
Henrik Zetterberg will return to practice with the Red Wings on Tuesday, but the chances are still low he'd play in the team's first round playoff series against the Bruins.
The 33-year old has been out since undergoing back surgery in February.
General Manager Ken Holland told reporters he expects Zetterberg to start practice on Tuesday, but the captain may not finish the skate.
During the Olmpics, Zetterberg played one game as Sweden's captain. The following day, he woke up in pain because a lingering back problem became debilitating. He had surgery about a week later in New York to remove a fragmented disk.
The Red Wings will begin their 23rd straight playoff appearance in Boston on Friday. Game One is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli