Pavel Datsyuk Injury: Updates on Red Wings Star's Status

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2013

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 25: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings heads up ice against the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena on January 25, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is the latest member of the team's walking wounded and will sit out Friday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2:16 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

Datsyuk tells Ansar Khan of that he is "50-50" to play in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. He also shed a little light on how his injury was sustained, when asked by Khan if it was from a hit from Drew Doughty he responded, "No, it was too much celebrating."

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 15, at 10:25 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports that Datsyuk sustained a shoulder bruise and will be day-to-day moving forward.

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Ansar Khan of broke the news: "Datsyuk is out for tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena due to an unspecified injury. General manager Ken Holland said Datsyuk is day-to-day."

Also per Khan's report, Datsyuk did practice with the Red Wings on Thursday, but he did not participate in the team's optional morning skate on Friday.

Datsyuk joins injured players such as Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson, amongst others.

Detroit recalled Gustav Nyquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins to take Datsyuk's place on the roster while he's on the shelf, and Valtteri Filppula will slide over to center against the Ducks, according to Khan.

Through 13 games this season, Datsyuk has netted six goals and added eight assists for Detroit. Going into Friday night's game, Datsyuk is tied for the team lead in goals, third in assists and second in points (14).

While we don't know the severity of his injury, if the Red Wings were to lose Datsyuk for an extended period of time, it would no doubt be a big blow.

Detroit is 7-4-2 on the season and sits in third place in the Central Division. As far as the playoff race is concerned, the Red Wings would be the No. 6 seed if the postseason started today.

Datsyuk's abilities as a goal scorer and passer are a huge part of the Red Wings offensive attack. Their No. 14-ranked offense would take a big hit without one of its best players.