PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- The Red Wings don't do things by accident, so it wasn't an accident that in the 2002-03 season they put rookie Henrik Zetterberg next to Steve Yzerman in the dressing room.
When the Wings take the ice for Tuesday's Red-White Game, it will likely be the first time that Zetterberg's sweater has the captain's 'C' on it.
It's hardly been a secret that Zetterberg is in line to follow fellow Swede Nick Lidstrom as the team's next captain.
"We're going to anoint a new captain. It doesn't happen every other year in Detroit," Danny Cleary said. "It's a pretty special thing."
Zetterberg, 32, learned from both Yzerman and Lidstrom as he ascended from seventh-round draft choice in 1999 to star status in the NHL.
"Just the way (Yzerman) handled himself on and off the ice, how he prepared for every practice and every game, how much time he spent in the weight room, just led by example," Zetterberg said. "When Nick was the captain as well, he did the same thing. Those are t...