Datsyuk ruled out Wednesday

DETROIT — Wings general manager has just confirmed via text message that Pavel Datsyuk won’t play Wednesday night at home against the Boston Bruins.

That also mean in all likelihood that he’s out Friday (at New York Islanders) and Sunday (at Ottawa Senators) as well.

Datsyuk suffered what’s believed could be a concussion late in third period of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Senators after taking an elbow to the jaw by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowan.

Datsyuk did not make the trip with the team to Buffalo last Sunday.

“He didn’t feel quite right after the game,” Holland told The Macomb Daily during a phone interview before flying to Buffalo. “We’re going through the league protocol.”

The incident occurred along the boards in the Senators’ zone with just under eight minutes to play in the third period and the Wings trailing 3-2.

Cowen, who earlier in the period was penalized for high sticking, first slashed Datsyuk before connecting with the elbow to his jaw.

“He said he felt fuzzy, Holland added. “He wasn’t normal. We’ve all seen these blows to the head so you just don’t know.”

There was no penalty called on the play and the league didn’t feel the hit was deemed illegal so therefore Cowen did not receive any disciplinary action.

“I’ve seen the video and he got an elbow to the head,” Holland said last Saturday. “I have no other comment.”

Datsyuk laid on the ice after he was struck before a stoppage in play.

Datsyuk played just three more shifts after the elbow, the last of which lasted just 12 seconds. He left the ice with 1:51 left in the game.

“Obviously, the combined eight eyes out there didn’t see it,” Henrik Zetterberg said after the game. “And if you don’t see it you can’t call it. He just had the puck, kind of strange no one saw a star player like that.”

Datsyuk has 12 goals and 11 assists this season.


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