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Datsyuk out against Ducks with undisclosed injury

Feb 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

Pavel Datsyuk AP

The Detroit Red Wings will try to give Viktor Fasth his first NHL defeat without electrifying forward Pavel Datsyuk.

The two-way star is sidelined for Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, but that’s all the information that’s available right now. He’s considered day-to-day but his injury hasn’t been disclosed, according to MLive.com’s Ansar Khan.

Gustav Nyquist will slide into the lineup in Datsyuk’s absence, the OC Register’s Eric Stephens reports.

The 34-year-old forward has been highly durable for most of his career, but he’s missed more time in recent seasons. He was limited to 56 regular season games in 2010-11 and missed 12 more last season. So far, he has six goals and 14 points in 13 games in 2013.

In other Red Wings news, the team has assigned backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson to the AHL for conditioning purposes. He’s recovering from a groin injury.

  1. 0ffsides - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    The Wings are severely depleted already and now lose all the intangibles Dats brings night in and night out. A bad season in Motown is getting worse by the day.

    • 19to77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      This is the real danger of an aging roster. People act like Datsyuk and Zetterberg will hit a magical age and go from the elite of the NHL to unable to get the job done overnight, but that’s ridiculous. The threat is in how much time they have to miss per season creeping up a little more every year. Detroit’s got a lot of veterans. They’re probably going to have to deal with a lot of man-games lost in the next few years.

      • eastcoastwingette - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        Can we please, PLEASE stop with the “aging roster” excuse? It’s the b.s. everyone’s been saying for the last 2 (3,4,5,8) years. And at this point, no longer valid. How many rookies did we have on the ice right tonight? 4? 5?
        The real issue is we have no franchise prospects on forward ready to immediately jump in (and let’s face it, we all knew when Nyquist was brought up tonight it was because he would potentially fill in for one of our top 4: Fil, Brunner, Datsyuk, or Zetterburg). Nothing against Gus, but he’s no Yzerman, Datsyuk, or Z.
        The Wings’ system is not programmed to “magically” rely on players to hit a certain age and be, well, magical. The great players are supposed to teach their proteges. Zetterburg was taught by Yzerman for years; Datsyuk was coached by Larionov. I think our huge gap in D is partially due to Jiri Fischer’s situation, as he was more or less Lidstrom’s protege. I know no one likes to bring that situation up, but he was heralded as our next defenseman. Had things gone well, he’d be what, early 30’s now and training the likes of Lashoff and Smith along with Kronner. Not that he’s not doing an incredible job developing d-men and being involved with local outreach programs. Incredible guy, hands down.

      • 19to77 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        So, what, it’s not true that the Wings’ top players are all up there in years, or that guys at that age start missing more games more often? I mean, you’re not wrong, but come on, it’s a simple truth that when your top guys are missing more games than most teams’ top guys, you’ll struggle. And age plays into that quite a bit for the Wings.

      • eastcoastwingette - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:40 AM

        @19and77. I think we might be arguing over semantics. Obviously Datsyuk and Z are our top forwards. They’re, what, 34 and 32? Pavel’s contract is up at the end of next year and he wants to go home and play in Russia before it’s too late. And you can’t fault him for that. Unless we can string him out on about 3 one-year deals like Kenny did with Lidstrom (feasible), he could realistically be gone in the next two years. Hank’s in I think year 7 of a 15 year contract so he’ll be around for a while.
        Who would you name as our “top” aging guys? Howie’s 29, and the next goalie for the Wings is already obvious. Would you peg Franzen? He’s 33, and either trade bait or not trade bate–but his salary is fantastic and he enrages us all. Filpulla is 28, in a contract year, and not doing much on the offensive end at the moment. Brunner’s 26, Bertuzzi is going nowhere at 38–still has sick hands… hmm. Now that I look at that I see your point. My point was the guys we have coming up can’t replace what we have.
        What I wouldn’t give for a Grind Line 2.0.

    • dtownbeatdown - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      I am not sure if I would call it a “bad” season. But none the less they definitely have to dig deeper this year to squeeze out a win. Even with the struggles, and the grand rapids griffins now are the red wings, they are still a top 8 team as of right now in the west. I wouldn’t lose all faith, but I sure as hell hope they make some big moves here soon to fill some skates, unless going to the playoffs every year might not be so much anymore. And i don’t think late draft picks are going to get it done for us magically anymore. I cant remember the last time the wings had a top 5 draft pick. Maybe Joe Murphy? lol

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