Henrik Zetterberg to miss 2 months

Updated: February 21, 2014, 7:38 PM ET
By Craig Custance | ESPN The Magazine

The Detroit Red Wings announced that captain Henrik Zetterberg had back surgery and will be out eight weeks, when he'll be re-evaluated.

Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesRed Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who has 16 goals and 32 assists in 45 games this season, will miss at least eight weeks after having surgery for a herniated disk in his back.

Zetterberg played just one game for Team Sweden in the Winter Olympics before back pain from a herniated disk forced his withdrawal due to injury.

Back issues have limited Zetterberg to 45 games this season but when he's played he's been one of the league's most effective two-way forwards. He has 48 points this season, including 16 goals. He's also a team-best plus-19.

Zetterberg has 12 more points this season than any other Detroit player. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is second on the team with 36 points.

The Red Wings, who are eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, haven't missed the postseason since 1990. They finished third in their division last year but were able to beat Anaheim in the first round and then took eventual champion Chicago to seven games before being eliminated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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