Skip to content

Tuesday Tire Pump: Pavel Datsyuk

Nov 29, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

Pavel Datsyuk AP

Every Tuesday at PHT, we’ll pump a player’s tire. Because every player likes it when nice things are said about them.

This week’s tire pumpee: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

Datsyuk took a lot of heat while the Wings struggled through a six-game losing streak in late October and early November. And he didn’t play a whole lot better when the team started winning.

When asked two weeks ago how he was doing, Datsyuk said, “Awful. I don’t have anything. I need more be productive, need more shoot, need more be dangerous. Need more be dangerous.”

Datsyuk has more be better lately. More be much better.

In his last five games – all Detroit wins – Datsyuk has eight points while compiling a plus-5 rating.

“He’s playing real well, making plays, hanging on to the puck, dangling guys,” said defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom Friday after the Wings beat Boston, 3-2 in a shootout.

“It’s fun to see him play like that.”

Pavel Datsyuk, everyone.

  1. lsxphotog - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Datsyuk’s the man and he’ll bounce back by January. The team is still shaky in its footing, but I think the Wings are gaining confidence with each win.

  2. Tristan - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    “Datsyuk has more be better lately. More be much better.”

  3. polegojim - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Dats will have his flat times…. but watch out when he emerges from them.

    No one is more dangerous when on a tear. On both sides of the puck, he’ll shred you.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1554)
  2. P. Kane (1403)
  3. S. Matthias (1265)
  4. M. Zuccarello (1171)
  5. D. Carcillo (1142)