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by Paul on 04/20/06 at 01:07 PM ET
Datsyuk became Detroit top scorer this season despite being injured for the last two weeks as his team won the regular season in NHL. “I picked the injury in the beginning of April. Its two weeks already, and I hope to be back soon.” “Of course I would like to be perfectly fit for the weekend, when we start play-offs. Yesterday I trained with the team for the first time and I am not fully fit yet.”Not sure when this interview took place, but Datsyuk skated yesterday on his own, it was an off day for the Wings. added 12:56pm, WXYT reporting Babcock talked after practice today and he does NOT expect Datsyuk to play tomorrow. added 1:00pm, WDFN reporting Babcock said Datsyuk will NOt play. So expected and will not is yours to figure out. added 1:48pm, via the AP,
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the first game of the playoffs Friday against the Edmonton Oilers because of an injured left thigh. Datsyuk practiced Thursday, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock said he didn't appear to be ready to play in Game 1. "He looked to me like he was going to take tomorrow off,'' Babcock said. While the team did a drill at one end of the ice, Datsyuk skated in circles around the other net with a puck. Datsyuk said Monday he hoped to be healthy enough to play at the start of the playoffs after skating for the first time since being knocked out of the lineup April 3. He was hurt during a shootout win at Calgary, but didn't realize he was injured after being checked by Andrew Ference. "It was not a big hit,'' Datsyuk said earlier this week. "I felt it on the plane. It was swollen.''added 3:03pm, Babcock was just on Detroit radio and said it is time to find out if they are any good. Said the Wings are a confident group and excited to prove it. Asked about Datsyuk, he said he is NOT playing, no ifs ands or buts. Flippula not brought. Babcock was asked if Dats would play game two, and said yep, he thinks Dats wants to play in game two and he thinks he will. added 7:07pm, Holland just confirmed, no Datsyuk Friday night.
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