Skating is the big difference in Zetterberg's improvement. The sore ankle that nearly forced him out of the lineup for a brief time a month ago no longer is an issue.
"We had that discussion (about sitting out), and then Pav went down, so that was out of the question," Zetterberg said. “It's a lot better than it was a few weeks ago, so hopefully it will keep going like this into the playoffs."
He said he managed his game differently when the ankle was bothering him.
“You maybe don't go into all situations like you would if you'd been 100 percent," Zetterberg said. “Also, it's been lucky, too. If there had been one more hit or tweak on it, maybe I had to go out.
“But the training staff's done a real good job on the healing part and I'm almost 100 percent right now."
From the sounds of it, Z has been nursing an ankle injury, probably for a good portion of the season. Looks like with the rash of injuries Z had no choice but to heal on the fly. What a guy... the bold part is pretty telling of the direness of the injury to Datsyuk, as well as the guts of Hank