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Toews out of tonight’s game, Datsyuk to miss two weeks after knee surgery

Feb 21, 2012, 1:06 PM EST

Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Toews AP

Tonight’s game on NBCSN between Detroit and Chicago is going to be missing a bit of firepower from both the Blackhawks and Red Wings.

Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com reports that Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will be a scratch tonight thanks to what the team is calling an upper-body injury. Myers says the injury is not the same injury that was nagging him before the All-Star break and he’s listed as day-to-day. Toews is second on the team in points and the team’s top centerman. Taking his spot will be relative new guy Brendan Morrison.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings will be without All-Star center Pavel Datsyuk for a bit longer. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that Datsyuk will miss the next two weeks of action after having arthroscopic knee surgery. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he was happier that Datsyuk had the procedure done now so his knee wouldn’t bother him in the playoffs.

It’s a smart decision with that in mind, but in the short term it’ll be tough for the Wings to make up for what Datsyuk can do. Datsyuk leads the team with 59 points and was recently voted by the NHLPA as one of the best forwards in the league in a number of categories.

Henrik Zetterberg will take Datsyuk’s spot on the top line while Valtteri Filppula slides over to center to take Zetterberg’s spot on the second line. With Dan Cleary back and feeling better the Wings won’t need to call up anyone from the minors for now.

  1. comeonnowguys - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Well that’s a couple of buckets of cold water thrown on tonight’s game.

    • polegojim - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Tak…. big hit, but time for others to step up, just like Joey has done for Jimmy.

      Let’s Go RED WINGS. Dig deep, skate hard!

  2. kiopta1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Yeah crappy news but hey get well soon…and the wings aren’t built to win or lose on the shoulders of one guy.

  3. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    your tellin me. you dont have a 20 goal scorer by late february your teams in trouble. the dirty d won’t go far in the playoffs

    • danphipps01 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      What’s funny about this is the fact that they’re miles ahead of the Pens in the standings.

      • danphipps01 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Oh, and also that Johan Franzen’s got 23. That too.

      • govtminion - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Funny, yes, but I’m more content to ignore the troll than legitimize him by responding to any of it.

  4. yardstickstaal - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    First we learn that a young lady was raped in Detroit and now mysteriously datsuck is out for two weeks? Let’s not sugarcoat this, we need answers. Is Datsuck a suspect in this case?

    • kitshky - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Wow… classy.

    • polegojim - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      Yardslick and Mr.Skuz are brothers

  5. poonsmashinasham - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    aww the 40 yr old diksyuk is hurt.. thats ashame…. that poor guy can’t get 20 goals if his life depended on it. hes no pringles can malkin tho!!! mvp mvp mvp mvp!!!!!! hahahahha

  6. poonsmashinasham - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    oh boy hes killin it hahahahha. I wouldn’t be too proud of that u puss

  7. icehockeychick1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Massive blow for Detroit….Get Well Soon Pasha! ;)

  8. baldhedjer - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    That’s bad news on both sides of the equation. It would be a better game with both on the ice. I’m still liking the Wings in this one. They can overcome the loss of Datsyuk better than the Hawks can the loss of Toews.

  9. kiopta1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Man Detroit played with no energy or puck control tonight. I sure hope they don’t just settle for home wins.

  10. monarch897 - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Blackhawks controled that game defensively after the 5 minute mark.

    Detroit had better hope for home ice throughout otherwise work on that golf game.

    What a series this has turned out to be, still the best rivalry in hockey.

    GO HAWKS!

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