A while back Rick Moldovanyi pondered what it would be like if our working lives functioned just like the NHL. He created an office space that sounds eerily similar to the average day here at The Score, with spitting being a generally accepted practice, along with throwing your body into a co-worker (as long as the head isn’t the principle point of contact, of course).

We may be a little biased, but we think it was a brilliantly funny post. The book of faces doesn’t lie either, so at least 149 of you agreed with us by clicking that friendly little thumb thing. But I have one small addition that Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg reminded us of today, one that would make the workplace place much more enjoyable for about eight weeks every spring.

From mid-April until the beginning of June, whenever you’ve made a mistake at work you should be permitted to nod towards the calendar when confronted by your boss. Then, an upper or lower body injury can be cited, even though it’s clear that such a vague classification could be a blatant lie (“sorry, I’m home sick today with an upper-body injury”).

While addressing the media after the announcement that he won’t appear in Detroit’s playoff-opening game Wednesday night at home against Phoenix, Zetterberg used this cunning tactic.

Zetterberg was doing well, even correcting an apparently uneducated reporter who asked about his knee injury–she may have seen the brace–by saying his “lower-body” twisted. Whew, that was close.

But then he let his guard down after being asked if he’ll appear in the series at all.

“It’s tough to say,” said the team’s leader in points during his moment of weakness. “We’ll just have to see how it reacts.”

There’s a chance the left knee (sorry Henrik, we had to) that Zetterberg injured last Wednesday against the Hurricanes could keep him out for the entire series. He still hasn’t been able to skate, and as Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports, Zetterberg isn’t the only ailing Red Wing whose status remains uncertain. Defenceman Niklas Kronwall has missed five games with an upper-body injury, and will determine his status after Wednesday morning’s skate.

The loss of Zetterberg is clearly massive. The Wings have enough offensive depth to cushion the fall of any one player, with four 20-goal scorers up front, and Nicklas Lidstrom, who finished second among defenceman in points, on the blueline.

It’s Zetterberg’s playmaking ability that will be sorely missed. The 30-year-old finished fifth this season with 56 assists, which is 20 more than any other Red Wing forward.

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