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Pasha’s back: Datsyuk returns for Wings tomorrow vs. Buffalo

Apr 3, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

Detroit will get a big boost in its quest for a playoff spot on Friday as Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 27:

Hobbled all year with a nagging knee injury — he missed 14 games with it earlier in the season — Datsyuk will return from a 16-game absence to center a line with Darren Helm (who will move to wing) and Justin Abdelkader when the Red Wings host the Sabres tomorrow.

Needless to say, Datsyuk’s return is huge. The 35-year-old has remained highly productive this season despite the knee injury, scoring 33 points in 39 games while averaging over 20 minutes per night.

His return also signifies one major step forward for Detroit in terms of overall health, as the club now just has three players on injured reserve: Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Mikael Samuelsson.

  1. smarshall3789 - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Thank god!! They are in the playoffs now and can be very dangerous!!

    • redwings1977 - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Easy buddy, they’re not in the playoffs just yet. Lots can happen in the next couple of weeks. With that said, go Wings!

  2. statsdolie - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    If zetterberg is healthy enough to return They could be dangerous.

  3. bensawesomeness - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Dangerous team without him – Scary with him

    Young guns have taken their share of the workload, time for Pav to show em how it’s done

  4. bringbackthevipers - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Fleury just pooped a little.

    • kfraser91 - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      hahaha that made me laugh out loud a little just now

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Pens are scared to death right now lol

  6. joey4id - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    These Wings, coached by one of the best coaches (should be considered for the Adams this year) can cause some huge upsets in the playoffs. Does any think no way in hell he would take a slacker like Ovi on his team? His teams just keep getting better and better, and everyone works the whole 200 feet. Go Wings!

    • challer9 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      I’m a Rangers fan, but Mike Babcock isn’t “one of the best coaches,” he is the best coach. The guy could coach up Stephen Hawking and turn him into an impact player.

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