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Pavel Datsyuk out against Isles tonight

Jan 10, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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Pavel Datsyuk is the kind of guy you think never gets hurt, but he is human after all.

Ansar Khan of reports that Datsyuk will miss tonight’s game with an injury. Red Wings GM Ken Holland tells Khan that the injury isn’t serious and that Datsyuk, like the rest of us, is day-to-day.

Missing out on tonight’s game against the Islanders means that Datsyuk won’t get a chance to face former Russian teammate and almost Red Wings goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Datsyuk is Detroit’s leading scorer with 43 points and the guy that makes their offense go. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that Detroit could go with seven defensemen tonight in lieu of Datsyuk’s absence.

If there’s an upside for Detroit it’s that Henrik Zetterberg has been playing stronger of late and has become an assist machine in his own right. No one is going to feel bad for Detroit for missing out on one of their many superstars, especially for a game, but going without Datsyuk means missing out on his slick moves and dangles and for that everyone should be sad.

  1. spizzjr - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    “but going without Datsyuk means missing out on his slick moves and dangles and for that everyone should be sad.”

    As an isles fan no I’m certainly not sad

    • fantasyhockeyguru - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Agreed haha. But, it is nice to see, as we don’t have many people who even attempt sick moves or dangles…thats why we need Strome up, it can’t hurt lol. El Nino should come into his own soon too

    • polegojim - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      ; ) that’s funny…

      I predict Mule and Hudler will shine in Dats absence.

      Let’s Go RED WINGS!

  2. bcisleman - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Hoping that in 5-10 years, folks will be talking about Kirill Kabanov the way they talk about Pavel now. Looking forward to going to this game tonight. Hope the real Isles show up and that it’s a good game.

    • fantasyhockeyguru - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Let’s hope Kabanov can develop his skills soon and we can bring him up to the big league too. If we get a good veteran presence, a solid goaltender who is consistent, and then some defense we will be set. De Haan is starting to really shine in the minors

  3. policracked - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I just came down with the Datsyukian Flu. Cough, cough.

  4. policracked - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I was just told to take two tablespoons of Zetterberg Elixir with a 100mg’s of Fillpula and a full glass of water.

    It’s going to be a Nightmare on Helm Street.

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