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via Khan tweet,
Datsyuk didn't skate today. Worked out off ice. Said he'll skate by himself tomorrow. Needs some practices with team. No target date yet.
added 1:52pm, from Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
Datsyuk was at Joe Louis Arena where he did conditioning exercises and received treatment for his injured left knee, which, he said, may or may not require surgery in the off-season.
“We’ll see what happens,” said Datsyuk, who has missed the last dozen games. “Hard to say now, we do everything to, like, not do surgery.”
For now, Datsyuk is determined to remain positive and stay on course in hopes of returning sometime before the end of the regular season to help the Red Wings reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 23rd straight season.
“Of course it is positive. I don’t skate for two weeks, now I’m skating,” he said. “It’s big for me too, and I want to be positive.”
I don't believe this is a regular occurence, but today you can watch a live stream of Detroit's practice which I believe it starts at 10:30am.
Watch below with Trevor Thompson providing the details... Note at 10:43am, stream is over, pretty short in my opinion.
added 10:34am, via Ansar Khan tweet,
At the skate, Jurco back on Kid Line with Sheahan and Tatar. Nyquist back with Legwand and Franzen. Alfredsson with Helm and Andersson.
Other line is Glendening with Bertuzzi and Miller. Datsyuk is not skating with team. Not sure if he skated earlier.
added 10:40am, via Khan,
Correction: Jurco skating with Legwand and Franzen while Nyquist remains with Sheahan and Tatar.
added 11:00am, via Khan,
Power-play units: Franzen-Nyquist-Bertuzzi (net front), Kronwall, Alfredsson (points); Jurco-Legwand-Sheahan (net front), DeKeyser-Tatar
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Detroit is currently on a remarkable streak of 22 straight appearances that have yielded four Stanley Cups and two more unsuccessful bids in Cup finals — 2008-09 under Babcock, 1994-95 under Scotty Bowman.
That’s seven appearances shy of the record 29 consecutive of the Boston Bruins, from 1967-68 through 1995-96.
Should Babcock, in his ninth season as head coach, get his Red Wings into the playoffs to make it 23 in a row, he will do so with smoke and mirrors and Scotch tape and baling wire.
It might well be the greatest work the McGill graduate has ever done, Stanley Cup and double Olympic gold included, and surely his magic and his team’s refusal to roll over when it had every reason to will make him a strong contender for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s outstanding coach.
DETROIT – The start time for the Detroit Red Wings’ upcoming road game against the St. Louis Blues has been moved up to accommodate NBC Sports’ national broadcast of the Game of the Week. The Red Wings and Blues will now meet at 12:30 p.m. EDT (original start time – 3:00 p.m.) at Scottrade Center on Sunday, April 13, the final day of the NHL’s regular season.
.. or at least until George gets online...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
He has not been given a more specific timeline for a return.
“It is too soon; you take it day by day,” Zetterberg said. “You just get stronger and better every day. The only timeline we have is that eight weeks before contact. After that, just got to re-evaluate and hopefully I’m good enough to do some contact drills and we’ll see how fast it goes.”
Zetterberg, who has dealt with back issues for several years, said it’s difficult to explain what he was going through to anyone who hasn’t experienced it.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
“I’ve never saw or felt that before,” Zetterberg said. “When I was lying there in Russia, I knew what Bert went through. It was tough. It was hard. The first 3-4 days was not good at all, but after that we found a way to make things better. I think maybe day five or six it happened, I kind of turned the corner and finally felt good enough to fly.”
There is still no timetable yet on when he’ll be back on the ice skating.
“I’ve been moving a lot more the last two weeks,” Zetterberg said. “I’ve just got to take it step-by-step and so far no hiccups. It’s just got to stay that way.”
Basically everything is on schedule. If no setbacks before the eight week period, next step is contact drills and see how it goes.
added 2:35pm, Watch Zetterberg meeting with the media below...
Beat writers report Pavel Datsyuk is on the ice before the Wings start practice.
Also, Mitch Callahan has been returned to Grand Rapids which may mean Jurco will play tomorrow.
Updates will be added to this post as needed.
added 12:24pm, Yes it is true...
I have to admire what Niklas Kronwall and Mike Babcock had to say to MLive's Ansar Khan about the absolutely bizarre and--as it turns out--non-reviewable goal "scored" by Cam Atkinson en route to Columbus's 4-2 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday night, complicating the East's Wild Card race significantly...
“I don’t think any of us knew that was the rule; we can’t blame the refs either,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “They went to Toronto and they made the call. I guess that’s the rule. We got to live with it.”
Said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock: “It doesn’t matter what I think. They made a decision. I thought when the net was off the goal didn’t count, but they evidently think our guy pushed their guy in and so it’s a goal. There’s no sense disputing that. We had to get one more goal.”
But I do adore what Jimmy Howard had to say to the AP's Rusty Miller about the kerfuffle:
I will grant you that the Red Wings were just dreadful early, that their penalty-killing blew, that they were not picking up rebounds but instead watching the Blue Jackets chip them down the ice all game long, and that Howard--let's all say it again, as usual--was stellar but didn't get nearly enough support...
But the Red Wings did rally from a 2-goal deficit, and whether you believe Cam Atkinson scored a legitimate goal or not, officiating was most certainly a farce on both sides en route to a 4-2 Red Wings loss that leaves the Wings and 3 other teams with 80 points and the Wings with 28 regulation-or-OT wins to the Blue Jackets' 32.
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