Updates from Thursday, April 3
Pavel Datsuyk updated fans on his status via his Twitter account:
Looking forward to a game on Friday! I am in...— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) April 3, 2014
Head coach Mike Babcock talked about how he'll use Datsuyk (via Ansar Khan of MLive.com):
Babcock said Datsyuk will likely play on wing tomorrow. Hadn't decided for sure if he'll play with Helm and Abdelkader to start.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 3, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 2
Ansar Khan of MLive.com has the latest details on Pavel Datsuyk:
Datsyuk confirms he is not playing tonight. Said conditioning more of an issue than pain. Maybe Friday.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 2, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 1
Bill Roose of the Detroit Red Wings has the latest on Datsuyk's status:
Updates from Thursday, March 27
Bill Roose of the Detroit Red Wings provides a synopsis of Pavel Datsyuk discussing his injury status:
Pavel Datsyuk said he hopes to be back in #RedWings lineup before the end of regular season, though it likely won't be at 100 percent.— The Wheel Deal (@Bill_Roose) March 27, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, March 26
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has the latest on Datsyuk:
Mike Babcock said Pavel Datsyuk "looks like he can play" but no set date yet for #RedWings return— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) March 26, 2014
After missing a game Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils, it appears Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk could be absent from the lineup for several more contests as well.
The Red Wings' official Twitter account confirmed the news with a quote from general manager and executive vice president Ken Holland:
"Right now, there's no surgery for Pavel...we're gonna shut him down and see where we're at in 3 weeks." - Ken Holland— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 5, 2014
Though Datsyuk won't be on the ice for the next three weeks, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press confirmed that the center was in the weight room prior to the Devils game Tuesday night:
Pavel Datsyuk wasn’t on the ice for practice this afternoon at Joe Louis Arena, and he won’t play Tuesday night. [...] But he was in the weight room, taking out his frustrations on a large tire during a lengthy workout with a sledgehammer.
It has not been a good last few weeks for Datsyuk after being a part of Team Russia's men's hockey team that didn't advance to the semifinals in their home country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The center spoke about his emotions following the loss, per NBC Sports:
Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk summed up his feelings in one word. pic.twitter.com/h5jTqWmlBT— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) February 19, 2014
The 35-year-old veteran has been struggling with injuries throughout the season and has only played in a total of 39 games during the year. Datsyuk played in 47 games with Detroit last season while splitting time with CSKA Moscow of the KHL during the lockout.
Even with just 39 games played, Datsyuk has still registered 15 goals and 33 total points for the Red Wings.
With Detroit sitting just outside of a playoff spot at 28-21-12 with 68 points, the team could use the services of Datsyuk. But taking their time with the experienced center is likely the best choice for both the team and the player.
If Detroit can find a way to get to the postseason, having a healthy Datsyuk is a benefit not only on offense but also from a leadership standpoint. When more updates come through about the center, they will be added to this story.
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