As indicated in one of my Olympic Pool updates this past week, the herniated disc injury that sidelined Henrik Zetterberg from the Sochi Olympic tournament was likely more serious and on Friday, we received confirmation that it was.
Zetterberg returned to Detroit this week to see team doctors and it was advised that surgery was the best option and on Friday, the Red Wings captain went under the knife for a successful procedure. The team announced that they will re-evaluate their leading point-getter after eight weeks to see where he is in his recovery.
With the NHL season kicking back into gear on the 25th and there only being seven weeks worth of play left to go, the Red Wings would have to make the playoffs, by my math, for Zetterberg to play again this season.
In 45 games this season, Zetterberg has 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points, ranking 41st in pool scoring.
With the adjustment in projected games played, since Zetterberg is not expected to play in the regular season, this leaves Tony with only 310 games to be played, which now ranks him 24th in the pool. Very unfortunate, as Tony ranks 18th, after a very unlucky season.
The injury has no real bearing on the prizes, although Tony was in the middle of the pack for the third segment, but with no Zetterberg, his chances have dropped significantly.