DETROIT – Well the one thing Pavel Datsyuk hasn’t lost is his sense of humor.
Sidelined with what’s believed to be concussion-like symptoms, Datsyuk took part in the Wings’ optional pre-game skate Wednesday morning at Joe Louis Arena.
“Maybe from media, headaches,” Datsyuk said when asked if he’s experiencing headaches from the elbow to the jaw on Nov. 23 by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowan. “I don’t have symptoms. No.”
When asked if he has had a concussion before, “Huh? I don’t hear you. Really said English. Can you translate?
“I just joke,” Datsyuk continued. “Ah, so far it’s the first one and I hope it’s the last one.”
Datsyuk last skated with teammates last Wednesday, also during an optional pre-game skate.
“It helps a lot when I skate with team, pick up speed any everything, then I come back faster,” Datsyuk said.
Asked if he physically feels he’s getting closer he said, “With head, yeah, but I’m not doing it in one week. (I’m) trying to be safe. Need to come back in shape.”
Datsyuk didn’t practice Tuesday and Wings general manager Ken Holland said that he’ll need a good week of practice before he’s ready to play.
“It’s needed to talk to doctor and make a decision,” Datsyuk said.
Asked if he would be ready to play Friday against New Jersey he said, “Hum, I don’t know what happens tonight. You asked me what’s happened in like two days.”
During the Wings’ current four-game win streak, all played without Datsyuk, they’ve outscored their opponents 18-4.
“I’m happy to watch us win, but not happy to watch on TV and sitting alone and watching hockey,” Datsyuk said. “Some things happen for a reason.”