Datsyuk likely out start of regular season

DETROIT >> The start to the 2014-15 season is beginning to look eerily like all of last season for the Detroit Red Wings.

And the season hasn’t started.

The Wings learned Wednesday that they’ll be without talented center Pavel Datsyuk for 4-5 weeks after an MRI revealed to second degree right shoulder separation.

The length he’s out all depends on how he heals.

Detroit had the second most man games lost last season, behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team has already lost ultra-talented forward Anthony Mantha to a tibia fracture.

“We’ve been hit early with injuries,” Wings GM Ken Holland said. “Luckily it’s training camp.

“It’s a good way for us to find out what other people can do,” Holland continued. “I certainly wasn’t going into the year thinking we wouldn’t have injuries. I’m hoping we don’t have the extend amount of injuries we had last season.”

Darren Helm is also out with a broken nose and Ryan Sproul out with an unspecified injury.

Holland doesn’t expect either back for Thursday’s game and lists them both as day-to-day.


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