Captain Henrik Zetterberg has to hope his teammates keep the Red Wings' playoff streak alive.
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DETROIT (AP) -- Henrik Zetterberg says he wants to play in the playoffs.

The Detroit Red Wings hope to give their captain what he wants.

Detroit would be in its 23rd straight postseason if the regular season ended Wednesday, but it is in a logjam for one of two spots in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.

Zetterberg spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since he had back surgery Feb 21.

He is aiming to return just after the playoffs begin April 16.

Zetterberg says he felt great when he went to Winter Olympics. After Zetterberg played his one and only game as Sweden's captain, he woke up in pain because a lingering back problem became debilitating. He had surgery about a week later in New York to remove a fragmented disk.

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