Red Wings' Zetterberg 'doubtful' against Ducks

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Anaheim, Calif. — The Red Wings likely will face the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night without Henrik Zetterberg.

General manager Ken Holland said Zetterberg (head) is "doubtful" to face the Ducks, while Teemu Pulkkinen (leg) will take the pregame skate and test his injury.

Both players were hurt Saturday against the Dallas Stars.

Zetterberg was punched in the head twice by Stars forward Jamie Benn and missed the third period of that game, along with not taking part in Sunday's practice.

There was no morning skate Monday at the Honda Center.

This would be Zetterberg's first missed game of the season. He has played in all 57 games, with a team-leading 49 points (15 goals, 34 assists).

"He's our leader. He brings so much to the table, not just his on ice presence," forward Justin Abdelkader said. "But it's an opportunity for other guys to step up and we have to come together and find a way to win, whoever is in the lineup."

Pulkkinen injured his leg early in the game against Dallas but continued to play. He did not practice Sunday, but expressed hope he could play against the Ducks.

Joakim Andersson likely will take Zetterberg's place in the lineup, with Daniel Cleary replacing Pulkkinen, if necessary.

Defenseman Kyle Quincey (lower body) also will miss his second consecutive game, with Jakub Kindl, who scored two goals Saturday in Dallas, remaining in the lineup.