A few days ago, Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg admitted he wouldn't have thought it possible.

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Zetterberg (left knee) was on the ice by himself Thursday for about 15 minutes before Red Wings practice.

"It was definitely fun to be out there," said Zetterberg, who wasn't wearing a protective brace on the knee. "I didn't expect that a few days ago, even though I didn't do much other than stickhandling and shooting and moving around.

"I didn't do any serious stuff. Just basically go out there and stickhandle and (fire) some shots and that's it."

Zetterberg, who missed Game 1 and is day-to-day, wasn't sure if he'd be on the ice today.

"We'll see how it reacts," he said. "We bumped up the workout in the room today, too. We'll see how it responds."

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, understandably, is growing weary of the daily questions about Zetterberg's status.

"There's always a chance he could play (in Game 2 on Saturday)," Babcock said. "I keep telling you he's day-to-day."

Watching his teammates pull out a Game 1 victory, however, helped put Zetterberg at ease.

"It's a lot easier to be on the side(line) when the team is winning," he said. "It was a good start for them, they played well."