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Wings get Datsyuk back, but they’re not looking for him to be a savior

DETROIT >> With six games left in the regular season, the Detroit Red Wings will be getting one of the best players in the world back in their lineup.

And they do not have to ask him to come in and lead the way to the playoffs.

After missing 16 straight games to rest inflammation in his left knee, Pavel Datsyuk will play Friday night when the Wings host the Buffalo Sabres.

“He has an ability to change the game,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after practice Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. “In saying that, we can’t stand around watching him play. We’ve been doing it without him and we’ve got to continue to make sure we’re doing our part. We’ve got to guard against saying, ‘Oh, Pav’s going to look after it.’ He isn’t going to look after it; we’ve got to look after it as a group.”

The Wings are 8-6-2 without Datsyuk over the last 16 games, but have won their last three games in a row, including a 3-2 win over the Eastern Conference leading Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

“I expect him to be one of the best players in the world,” Babcock said. “He knows how to play, so he knows how to play with and without the puck. When he gets his hands on it, he’s going to be good with it. Without it, he knows how to play. I’m not sure how much pace he’ll have, but I saw him battling after practice. If it appears he’s ready and feels confident, then I’m sure he is.”

Detroit also leads the race for one of two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference.

Datsyuk played for Russia at the Olympics, but has only been able to play in two games with the Wings since returning. He last played on Feb. 27, leaving in the second period of a 6-1 win over Ottawa.

“I feel much better now,” Datsyuk said. “(My) knee doesn’t really bother me but not too much like before when it was really bad. It definitely helped (being off) and I feel like I can push now.

“I wish the whole pace picked up after one practice,” Datsyuk added. “The plan is short shifts, not too much ice, stop and go, and then we see.”
Datsyuk will play on a line with Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

“He looked awesome, like he’s got lots of energy,” Helm said. “I forgot how good he was with the puck, trying to get it away from him, I really didn’t have an opportunity to steal the puck from him too much. He’s going to be a great addition back in this lineup.

“He’s a guy that we need,” Helm continued. “He slows the game down. Plays with so much poise, skill, backs the other team’s D off a lot. He’s going to be a good help on the power play as well.”

Helm has also missed considerable amount of time this season due to numerous injuries and Abdelkader just returned from a leg laceration.

“It’s going to be kind of a fresh start,” Helm smiled. “I’m kind of fresh, he’s kind of fresh and Abby is kind of fresh so it’ll be a pretty interesting line out there.”

The team has played much of the season without Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together.

“Things are rolling along right now and hopefully things will continue to roll with him back in the lineup,” Helm said. “I can’t see anything changing. He’s one of the elite players in the league and all he’s going to do is help.”

One thing Datsyuk didn’t lose in his time off was his sense of humor.

“I don’t know if his speed helps me,” Datsyuk said of playing with Helm. “He looks like me, old, slow guy.

The Wings announced they were shutting Datsyuk down for three weeks at the trade deadline to rest his ailing left knee. Friday marks the fourth-week in that timeframe.

Datsyuk, who has 15 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season, has played in just four games since the Winter Classic.

Wings coach Mike Babcock on Datsyuk’s return: “We can’t stand around watching him play. We’ve been doing it without him and we’ve got to continue to make sure we’re doing our part.”

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings will get Pavel Datsyuk back, Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

“He has an ability to change the game,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “In saying that, we can’t stand around watching him play. We’ve been doing it without him and we’ve got to continue to make sure we’re doing our part. We’ve got to guard against saying, ‘Oh, Pav’s going to look after it.’ He isn’t going to look after it, we’ve got to look after it as a group.”

Datsyuk has missed the last 16 games resting his ailing left knee.

“It’s been (a) long time no play, I forget I’m hockey player,” Datsyuk joked after practice Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. “It’s exciting to come back.”

Datsyuk will skate on a line with Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

“I expect him to be one of the best players in the world,” Babcock said. “He knows how to play, so he knows how to play with and without the puck. When he gets his hands on it, he’s going to be good with it. Without it, he knows how to play. I’m not sure how much pace he’ll have, but I saw him battling after practice. If it appears he’s ready and feels confident, then I’m sure he is.”

Datsyuk played for Russia at the Olympics, but has only been able to play in two games with the Wings since returning. He last played on Feb. 27, leaving in the second period of a 6-1 win over Ottawa.

“I feel much better now,” Datsyuk said. “Knee’s not really bothered me but not too much like before when it was really bad. It definitely helped (being off) and I feel like I can push now.

“I wish the whole pace picked up after one practice,” Datsyuk added. “The plan is short shifts, not too much ice, stop and go, and then we see.”

Helm did center a line with Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson earlier this season.

“He looked awesome, like he’s got lots of energy,” Helm said. “I forgot how good he was with the puck, trying to get it away from him, I really didn’t have an opportunity to steal the puck from him too much. He’s going to be a great addition back in this lineup.

“He’s a guy that we need,” Helm continued. “He slows the game down. Plays with so much poise, skill, backs the other team’s D off a lot. He’s going to be a good help on the power play as well.”

Helm has missed considerable amount of time this season due to numerous injuries and Abdelkader just returned from a leg laceration.

“It’s going to be kind of a fresh start,” Helm smiled. “I’m kind of fresh, he’s kind of fresh and Abby is kind of fresh so it’ll be a pretty interesting line out there.”

Detroit is 8-6-2 without Datsyuk over the last 16 games and hold down the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

“Things are rolling along right now and hopefully things will continue to roll with him back in the lineup,” Helm said. “I can’t see anything changing. He’s one of the elite players in the league and all he’s going to do is help.”

One thing Datsyuk didn’t lose in his time off was his sense of humor.

“I don’t know if his speed helps me,” Datsyuk said of playing with Helm. “He looks like me, old, slow guy.

The Wings announced they were shutting Datsyuk down for three weeks at the trade deadline to rest his ailing left knee. Friday marks the fourth-week in that timeframe.

Datsyuk, who has 15 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season, has played in just four games since the Winter Classic.

Wings will be without Datsyuk and Alfredsson as they take on red-hot Bruins

DETROIT >> There was an outside chance Pavel Datsyuk would return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup tonight against the Boston Bruins.

That isn’t happening.

The team will also be without Daniel Alfredsson, who’s listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury according to Detroit general manager Ken Holland.

Todd Bertuzzi gets back in the lineup, skating on the fourth line with Drew Miller and Luke Glendening.

Datsyuk played for Russia at the Olympics, but has only been able to play in two games with the Wings since returning. He last played on Feb. 27, leaving in the second period of a 6-1 win over Ottawa.

“Don’t know,” Datsyuk said when asked when he would return to the lineup. “Not tonight for sure.”

Asked if Friday at home against Buffalo would be when he would return Datsyuk said, “Not today.”

Right now it looks like all Datsyuk needs to do is get back in game shape.

“I need to pick up (the) pace,” Datsyuk said. “I think the two days (of practicing) helped me. I need conditioning more. I can’t do what I do.”

The Wings announced they were shutting Datsyuk down for three weeks at the trade deadline to rest his ailing left knee. Last Friday marked that three-week time frame.

“(I) feel much better,” Datsyuk said. “(I’m) happy to skate with team. Full practice, have fun, try to follow, everybody so fast.”

Datsyuk, who will miss his 16th consecutive game tonight, has 15 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season. He’s played in just four games since the Winter Classic.

“Yeah,” Datsyuk said when asked if not being able to play is frustrating. “(I) would love to play as soon as possible but I need to be careful.”

Detroit is 7-6-2 without Datsyuk since the Olympic break and hold down the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

“They play unbelievable, but also I need to help (the) team,” Datsyuk said. “I just want to score (on) every shot, that’s what I’m missing. I feel good, but again it’s hard to say it’s 100 percent ready to go. I don’t need to be 100 percent but I need to be careful.”

The Wings face a Boston Bruins team that comes in 15-0-1 in their last 16 games.

“It looks like they’re just mowing everyone down right now,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “They’re rolling. Their good players are scoring. They’ve got good team depth and they’ve got a good team. They’ve got excellent goaltending. This will be a tough test for us tonight. It should be fun.”

Detroit is 2-1-0 this season against the leaders in the Eastern Conference.

Boston won the first meeting in the series, 4-1. Detroit won the next two 3-2 and 6-1.

“The reality is the first time we played them we didn’t touch the puck,” Babcock said. “The second time I thought we had a real close game in their building and the third time in here they weren’t that good. So, sometimes you catch a team at the right time. It doesn’t look like we caught them at the right time.”
The Bruins also are a point ahead of St. Louis for the Presidents’ Trophy.

Babcock hears Datsyuk could play Friday, “I thought it was up to him (when he would start playing again).”

DETROIT >> Wings coach Mike Babcock has said all along he only spends time worrying about the healthy players on his team.

And that goes for Pavel Datsyuk as well.

Datsyuk could return as early as Wednesday against the Boston Bruins, or at the latest by Friday at home against the Buffalo Sabres.

“I’m going to assess him in the game,” Babcock said after practice Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. “I think someone told me he’s playing Friday, I don’t know.

“I thought it was up to him (when he would start playing again),” Babcock continued. “I haven’t been involved in those things all year. I spend my time worrying about the players that are playing, so if I hear he’s in tomorrow, I’ll start worrying about him then.”

Datsyuk said he’s a game-time decision for Wednesday’s game.

“We’ll see tomorrow how I feel,” Datsyuk said. “It was (my) first full practice with team. I’m happy to be back with the team. I need a little more time to pick up the pace, pick up everything.”

Asked if Wednesday was possible Datsyuk said. “Tomorrow’s tomorrow. (We’ll) wait for tomorrow.”

The Wings announced they were shutting Datsyuk down for three weeks at the trade deadline to rest his ailing left knee. Last Friday marked that three-week timeframe.

Datsyuk played for Russia at the Olympics, but has only been able to play in two games with the Wings since returning. He last played on Feb. 27.

He’s missed the last 15 games.

“The whole thing is to understand it’s not about Pavel one bit, it’s about the Red Wings and the guys that are playing and we’ve just got to keep grinding. I don’t want to get caught up in that whatsoever, I want to have us keep on working.

Datsyuk has 15 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season.

“We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, keep grinding,” Babcock said. “The players that are here, we’re going to worry about the ones that are dressed. We’re not going to spend a whole bunch of time talking about the ones that aren’t. When they’re dressing then we’ll talk about them.”

Despite not having Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for a good chunk of the season, the Wings still find themselves in the playoff race. They hold down the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference heading into play Tuesday night.

“To me, he always looks great,” Nyquist said of having Datsyuk take part in practice. “But I don’t think he feels 100 percent shape-wise or anything like that. But he’s so good out there, he’s always good, I think, when he’s on the ice.

“I’m sure he wants to see how it feels with a couple full skates, especially conditioning-wise when you’ve been out for a while, it’s different to be on the bike here and then do some skates without the team,” Nyquist added. “It’s going to take some practice to get in game shape again.”

The Wings have seven games left in the regular season.

“He looks good, but it’s all about how he feels,” Justin Abdelkader said. “He could look good, but if his knee is bothering him. It depends how he feels on the ice, but he looks good.

“Teams key on him,” Abdelkader continued. “They key on him on the power play and 5-on-5. He’s usually going to take the best matchup from the (other team’s) defensemen. He’s a big part of this team. It’ll be huge if he can comeback. If he doesn’t we still have to plug away with the group that we have.”

Datsyuk skating, but still not able to skate hard to test his ailing knee

DETROIT >> The good news is Pavel Datsyuk has begun skating.

The bad news is he’s still not able to skate hard in order to test his ailing left knee.

“Nobody knows,” Datsyuk said if the time off will ultimately heal his knee. “We are just hoping and hoping and (praying) too.”

The Wings announced they were shutting Datsyuk down for three weeks at the trade deadline.

Friday marks that three-week timeframe.

“It feels OK, but I’m still not skating hard enough to check how I feel,” Datsyuk said.

Datsyuk didn’t skate Thursday morning.

He had just returned to the ice on Monday and plans to skate again Friday, but it more than likely will be on his own, before the team practices.

“I (didn’t) skate for two weeks, now I’m skating,” said Datsyuk, who tweeted on Monday that he had just started skating and hopes to play soon. “It’s big for me and I want to be positive.”

Datsyuk played for Russia at the Olympics, but has only been able to play in two games with the Wings since returning. He last played on Feb. 27.

“I (felt) really great, I could just do what I could do,” Datsyuk said about participating at the Olympics. “It was like, play a simple game, save my knee.

“I don’t know if I’ll make it back 100 percent but I have better chance, better percentage, to come back to be Pavel,” Datsyuk added. “We have (a) plan to be better. So it’s the beginning and it’s not very good. Now we’re planning maybe not being 100 percent but close to something.”

If Datsyuk returns he would like to do so before the playoffs.

“It’s not easy when you miss lots of games and you have to pick up pace in the playoffs, it’s a different level, different hockey,” Datsyuk said.

As for a return date, Datsyuk said, “Two thousand fourteen. Every day I hope it’s better and better and I can say anything like tomorrow can be the deadline.”

Datsyuk doesn’t know if offseason surgery will be required to get it right.

“We’ll see what happens,” Datsyuk said. “Hard to say now, (we’re doing) everything to not do surgery.”

Datsyuk has 15 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season.

“(Trainer) Piet (Van Zant) told me that he looks like he could play, but I’ve heard that lots,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday. “When I see him in the lineup I’ll believe it.”

Wings general manager Ken Holland still is waiting to see what the next step is for getting Datsyuk back in the lineup.

“He’s a superstar,” Holland said. “Pav at 80 percent is pretty good.”

Despite missing Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for a bulk of the season, the Wings have been able to stay in the playoff race due in large part to the young players from Grand Rapids.

“I see what they have done and I’m happy with what they did, the whole team is sticking together and playing like a team,” Datsyuk said. “It’s fun to watch, but not fun to watch for me. They’ve done a great job and I’m very happy for this one.”

Datsyuk’s return to lineup appears to be heading in the right direction

The Wings don’t know when they’re getting Pavel Datsyuk back in the lineup, but it appears it could happen sooner rather than later.

Datsyuk skated on his own at Joe Louis Arena Monday with the watchful eye of general manager Ken Holland to witness his many strides.

“I didn’t talk to him after, but he looked good on the ice,” Holland said.”

Friday marks the three-week timeframe that the team shut him down to help heal his ailing knee.

“At some point in time in next few days I’ll sit down with Piet Van Zant, Doug Plagens, Pav and I and we’ll see what the next plan is but certainly for a first time on the ice he looked good,” Holland said.

Datsyuk last played on Feb. 27.

“He’s a superstar, Holland said. “Pav at 80 percent is pretty good.

“I want to see how he’s feeling,” Holland continued. “I haven’t really asked him. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the time off and the things they did with him are going to give us a positive result. He told me (last) Friday he was going on the ice Monday so that was encouraging.”

Datsyuk has 15 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season.

“We’ve got to test it out,” Holland said. “I’m sure he’s in the testing out mode. How long is it until he plays, I don’t know. We’ve got to find out if the plan is to play or when it is to play. I don’t have any information.”

The other bit of injury news is that the plan is for Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration) could return to practice by the end of the week and could return to the lineup at the latest, April 2 at home against the Boston Bruins.

The Wings also re-assigned Cory Emmerton to Grand Rapids.

Holland with injury updates on Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss and Cleary

DETROIT >> The news on the long list of injured isn’t much clearer than it was a week ago.

The Wings have gotten back Todd Bertuzzi (lower-body injury), Darren Helm (concussion), Jonas Gustavsson (groin) and Joakim Andersson (broken foot), but are still without Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Jonathan Ericsson (fractured finger, partially torn tendon), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Bertuzzi was out Sunday with the flu.

Zetterberg and Ericsson are done for the regular season.

Here are updates on a few of the players from Wings general manager Ken Holland:

Datsyuk: “Don’t know what’s next. I’ll talk to the trainers and doctors to see what’s next, but right now he’s still going through the time he needs to give it a chance to heal.”

Datsyuk tweeted Monday that he just began skating and hopes to play soon.

Zetterberg: “I don’t know when he’ll be cleared to skate. I’m told at around eight weeks he’ll be cleared for physical contact. I do know before the end of the season he’ll be back skating, but I just don’t know when.”

Weiss: “He had a second opinion. The second opinion was similar to that of the Philadelphia doctor, Myers’ opinion. I think what’s going to happen is he’ll get a cortisone injection, hoping it relieves things. We don’t know if it’s inflammation or if it’s a different issue or if it’s scar tissue. He feels OK going 65, 70, 75 percent, but when he pushes all out he feels pain and when he gets pain he backs back off. He’s been told to push through. He’s pushed through. We’re going to give him another 72 hours and keep our fingers crossed that there’s some progress.”

Cleary: “I think he’s frustrated at the lack of … during the Olympic break he did some things and he had a reaction. He got some fluid on his knee, had it drained then he got some more fluid on his knee. He feels better, but nowhere near where he needs it to be to talk about practicing every day and making a comeback.”

Bertuzzi added to list of injured players (lower body); Tootoo recalled from Grand Rapids

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings are getting quite close to being able to dress a pretty good team from just their injured guys alone.

And they added another one to that roster Saturday, Todd Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi will miss Sunday’s game in Chicago with a lower-body injury. He’s listed as day-to-day.

“If they’re hurt, they’re hurt,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after practice at Joe Louis Arena. “That’s why I don’t make those decisions. Getting ready for the summer isn’t a priority. We need guys back so I can we get them back.”

Detroit recalled Jordin Tootoo from Grand Rapids to replace Bertuzzi in the lineup.

“All I can say is we can use anyone available,” Babcock said.

Tootoo has played in 10 games this season with the Wings. He’s got no goals, one assist, a minus-5 and five penalty minutes. In 38 games with the Griffins, he’s got four goals, 10 assists and 74 penalty minutes. He’s also a minus-2.

Bertuzzi is the 10th player that’s injured on the Wings’ roster, joining the likes of Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Joakim Andersson (broken foot), Jonas Gustavsson (groin) Daren Helm (concussion), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Datsyuk was shut down for three weeks at the trade deadline and Zetterberg won’t return in the regular season.

The Wings are second in the league in man games lost with 303, behind Pittsburgh (397), according to mangameslost.com.

Helm appeared to be the closest to returning, but suffered another setback Saturday.

“Helmer would have been back in a week ago if it was up to me,” Babcock said. “That’s why I’m not allowed to be involved in that. We have a guy with a broken foot, a broken rib, they’re not coming back. The head one, you never know. We thought (Johan Franzen) was coming back a bunch of times and he didn’t.”

Helm had planned to practice with the team Saturday, but left the ice before drills began.

“I was told he’d be ready to go,” Babcock said. “I don’t know what’s going on with him. There’s no sense getting ready for the summer, we’re playing now. We need guys back.”

Wings lose Andersson to broken foot as they prepare for one of the most imporant games of the season

DETROIT >> In desperate need of a center at the trade deadline the Detroit Red Wings went out and got one.

Well, the Wings are desperate again after learning that Joakim Andersson will miss up to two weeks with a broken left foot.

“They said a couple of weeks, we’ll see how it heals,” Andersson said. “It’s not fun. We already have a lot of centers hurt so it’s no fun.”

Andersson was in a walking boot in the locker room.

The list of injured centers just keeps growing and growing for the Wings.

Andersson is added to the list that already includes Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Darren Helm (concussion-like headaches) and Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery).

Datsyuk is out at least another couple of weeks and the earliest Zetterberg will return is the first round of the playoffs.

Helm was to start off ice training this week and hopes to get on the ice by the end of the week.

There has been no other update on Weiss since he suffered a setback last week after a practice.

The injured to Andersson occurred when he blocked a shot on the penalty kill in the second period against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

“I felt it hurt,” Andersson said. “I’ve had shots on the feet before, but never broke it. I didn’t know. I felt it in the third period. I didn’t know it was broken.

“It didn’t really swell,” Andersson continued. “I looked at it (Monday morning) and it wasn’t swollen so I was happy about that. I usually shake if off after about five minutes, but I didn’t shake it off, it was still hurting in the third period.”

There was no word from the Wings if anyone would be called up from Grand Rapids. If there is it’ll likely by Cory Emmerton, who has 14 goals and 21 assists in 43 games with the Griffins this season.

Andersson missed six games earlier this season due to a hip flexor.

“(Center) is a bad position I guess,” Andersson said. “I wear those shot blockers so I thought I was good. It hit a bad spot I guess.”

The injury could not have come at a worse time for the Wings, who are battling to make the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

Heading into play Monday, Detroit and Columbus both have 71 points, but the Blue Jackets, who host the Wings Tuesday, hold the tiebreaker with the most regulation wins.

“Big game for us, but we’ve got lots of big games so it’s a good opportunity for us,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We weren’t pleased, I wasn’t pleased with the way we played (Sunday). I think we’ve played real well, we need to bounce back.”

Columbus is at Dallas later tonight.

“It’s going to be a huge game for us, they’ve got good goaltending,” Babcock said. “(Sergei) Bobrovsky’s not playing for them tonight, he’s waiting for us, so we’re going to have to get to him. We never got to (Henrik) Lundqvist (Sunday), we were too easy in the offensive zone so that’s got to be a priority. There should be some fresh guys, we went light (Monday) and we have lots of guys the day off so we should be ready to go (Tuesday).”

Quote of the day … Wings coach Mike Babcock

DETROIT >> Wings coach Mike Babcock on the loss of prospect Calle Jarnkrok in the trade to obtain David Legwand.

“That’s what I would say to you right there, is I hear he’s (Jarnkrok) a really good player, but I don’t know him very good to be honest with you. One thing we do (have) is we have kids, and so you go through that and that’s why you have pro scouts and a general manager. And they decide in those situations. We feel that this is a guy that can help us right now. We’re in a situation with the word we got yesterday on (Pavel Datsyuk) and the word we got on (Darren Helm), it’s not like they’re arriving back tomorrow. So, we felt we needed help.”