DETROIT >> The Wings will be without center Riley Sheahan for “for a bit” according to coach Mike Babcock.
Sheahan suffered an upper-body injury during Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
“Obviously he brings a lot, but someone else gets an opportunity,” Babcock said of Sheahan. “I made a policy over the last few years, there’s no sense in talking about the guys who aren’t here. We’ll talk about the guys who are.”
Sheahan had played every game this season, totaling 12 goals, 22 assists and a minus-2 rating.
Pavel Datsyuk took part on line drills at practice, centering a line with Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar on wing.
Babcock wasn’t sure if Datsyuk will play Saturday when the Wings host Tampa Bay.
He’s missed the last five games with a lower-body injury.
Erik Cole also didn’t practice. He missed Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury.
“I don’t know,” Babcock said when asked about Cole’s status. “It’s pretty obvious you come here every day and ask me about these guys. When they’re ready to play they tell me. When they’re not … What do I do?”