Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken right fibula.
The bone was fractured during Detroit’s 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Monday night. Zetterberg was slashed on the back of the leg by Vancouver’s Bryan Allen and immediately fell to the ice. He later returned but was noticably favoring that leg.
Allen was not penalized for the slash.
Zetterberg, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Sunday, has seven points in twelve games this season. He was runner-up for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL’s rookie of the year, last spring after scoring 22 goals and 44 points in his first campaign with Detroit.