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Datsyuk says he could play tomorrow versus B’s

Apr 1, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

It’s possible, though maybe not likely, that Pavel Datsyuk will be back in the Red Wings’ lineup tomorrow when they host the Boston Bruins (on NBCSN).

From’s Ansar Khan:

Datsyuk (knee) hasn’t played since Feb. 27; he lasted just two NHL games after representing Russia at the Olympics before he was “shut down” for a few weeks.

Wings coach Mike Babcock thinks a more realistic return date for Datsyuk is Friday versus Buffalo.

  1. thethorntonstrokes - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM


  2. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I hope he can play Wednesday. Datsyuk at 50% is better than Bert at 100%, and I’m not a big Bert hater.

  3. polegojim - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Good news and it’s crunch time.

    Go Red Wings!

  4. hieronymous27 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Pavel – stay away until you are close to 100%. You come back before being ready and you’re back on the shelf once again. Besides “the kids” now playing for the Red Wings are doing well enough these past 2 games and they deserve the chance to prove themselves against a quality team such as the Bruins. See you, maybe, on the weekend.

  5. hockeydon10 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Buffalo would be a much better opponent to get him into game shape.

    Boston plays a very heavy game and everyone knows it’s Datsyuk’s knee. That’s not to say they’ll necessarily be dirty, but they’re also not going to take it easy just because it’s Datsyuk. He’s going to have some rust and be a little behind the conditioning for a full game.

    Everyone knows the Sabres are in rebuild mode where their players will be doing their best to impress so they don’t get cut. That means hard skating but it also means Detroit won’t have to rely on Datsyuk to carry the load so much. And Detroit has had a tendency in the past to let off the gas when Datsyuk or Zetterberg return from injury.

  6. valoisvipers - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Great news for hockey fans everywhere and great for the Wing’s and their playoff drive.

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