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No Datsyuk, Alfredsson for Wings tonight vs. Boston

Apr 2, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

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Yesterday, Pavel Datsyuk hinted he might return from a 15-game absence for tonight’s rivalry night game against Boston.

Today, he confirmed he wouldn’t… and, just for good measure, Detroit lost another veteran presence in the process.

Neither Datsyuk nor Daniel Alfredsson will suit up tonight, per the Red Wings. The veteran Swede hasn’t skated for the past two days (which the club called “maintenance days”) and received under 10 minutes of ice time in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay, notching one assist.

Datsyuk, meanwhile, said conditioning was more of an issue as opposed to pain in his knee, which has been bothering him for most of the calendar year and appeared to get worse while he represented Russia at the Winter Olympics.

Without Datsyk and Alfredsson in the lineup, Detroit will once again be forced to juggle things up front. Gustav Nyquist will skate with David Legwand and Johan Franzen on the top line; Tomas Tatar will go with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco on the second; Darren Helm will center Joakim Andersson and Justin Abdelakder on the third while Luke Glendening will go with Drew Miller and Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth.

 

 

  1. mshantz22 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    As much as the wings could use Datsyuk back, coming back in a game against the bruins would probably be a bad idea. I would be surprised if he didn’t come back Friday.

  2. shaundre93 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Seriously though, this team would be absolutely lethal if they ever got healthy. Their forward lines would be something like:

    Nyquist – Datsyuk – Franzen
    Tatar – Zetterberg – Alfredson
    Legwand – Helm – Weiss…

    I don’t even know where to put all those centers lol and Im sure Im missing someone good. Really glad they’ll make the playoffs though. It would be a shame if their historic run ended because of an outrageous number of injuries. This team is set to be good for even longer with guys like Nyquist, Tatar, Mantha and Jurco coming up. It’s just not fair, how do they do it?

    • pwshrugged - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      The team is stacked at forward, if healthy. Not sure why you’re not mentioning Sheahan or Glendening there, though – both guys play really well and seem to have Babcock’s good graces. I’d also point out that Legwand being a Red Wing next year seems highly unlikely; he’s a free agent, we’re stacked at center, and Legwand seems not to have Babcock’s confidence.

      As for Weiss, with the rise of Sheahan and Glendening, that signing looks even poorer than it did a year ago. He seems to me to be the odd man out. Maybe he pans out eventually, but his upside is lower than, say, Sheahan’s, and he doesn’t possess the speed/PK abilities of Helm, or the gritty 4th-line qualities of Glendening.

      No point in guessing at lines, though; Babcock will mix it up as he always does, in games and between games. What is amazing, though, is as you say – the options seem endless suddenly, and the need to keep veterans like Bertuzzi, Cleary, or Samuelsson around to round out the roster or add another hard shot or some grit is suddenly gone.

  3. hockeydon10 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Not sure why he would break up Nyquist and Tatar. They seem to have a knack for playing together and knowing what the other is going to do.

  4. mastodonry - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Wing needs to get away from deals with the elderly and Weiss. Get a real defenseman to pair back there with Kron and Danny….

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