Henrik Zetterberg will not suit up for the Red Wings when they battle Phoenix in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Zetterberg, who skated by himself this morning, did not practice with his teammates when they took the ice at 11am. He's missed the last three games with a lower body injury, largely believed to be a knee injury suffered against Minnesota last week.
"Hank skated by himself, and he's not going to play in Game 2 and he'll continue to be day to day" said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "And I just talked to him, I just asked him if he was playing. He's not."
"We're just trying to stay focused on what we need to do out there,whether he's on the ice or not," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "We have to stick with the gameplan and do what we do."
"A goal for any team in the playoffs going on the road is to split," said forward Danny Cleary. "They're going to obviously come out with a lot more energy and determination. We just gotta be ready and play our game and we'll be allright."
"It's going to be a different game, they're going to obviously play hard again," said Jiri Hudler. "They had a great start last game. They're really tough."
Todd Bertuzzi, who was lauded by the fans at Joe Louis Arena after his fight with Rostislav Klesla during the second period of Wednesday's win, was quick to dismiss any carry-over effect and knows Saturday's game will feature a higher intensity.
"Game Two is important because it means your homestand is over with, you're headed to their place," said Bertuzzi. "There's going to be a lot of excitement and we're looking forward to it."
A 1pm start time alters the players regular gameday routine, and a popular question being asked in the locker room was what they would eat for breakfast tomorrow.
"Chicken," joked Kronwall. "No, I probably won't eat chicken tomorrow. Spaghetti and meat sauce, maybe some oatmeal and some eggs or something like that."
Head coach Mike Babcock was asked about the fan who received a ticket for throwing an octopus on the ice during Wednesday's win.
"I don't know anything about it," said Babcock. "I like calamari as much as the next guy. I don't like batter on it, but I like it spicy and cooked.
"It's part of the tradition here. I just hope the guys that come on to scrape it off aren't digging up the ice. I hate when they dig up the ice, I want it to be smooth. Other than that I don't have a bunch of concerns or a whole lot of thoughts on it."