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Datsyuk skated before practice today.
I will update this post with any news from the Wings's morning practice which is about to begin.
added 11:59am, via Bill Roose tweet,
Datsyuk has returned to the ice and it appears that he'll practice for the first time with the full #RedWings squad here at JLA.
added 12:11pm, via Khan,
Wings lines at practice: Franzen-Helm-Nyquist, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Andersson-Legwand-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Bertuzzi.
Khan adds defense remains the same.
added 12:14pm, from Pleiness,
Datsyuk working in with the top lines, while Abdelkader rotating in with the bottom two lines.
added 1:09pm, via Khan,
Babcock confirms Howard starting tomorrow. No lineup changes. They have no extra healthy players. Datsyuk not ready to play.
The Red Wings did their damnedest to lose to the Montreal Canadiens, and while the game-winning goal in the Wings' 5-4 loss was both offsides by a foot and deflected...
Jimmy Howard and Niklas Kronwall (-3) will receive most of the blame for a game in which very few of their teammates not named Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan or Tomas Jurco showed up (though Daniel Alfredsson, sporting the stitched-together-glove-fingers of a broken digit on his right hand, attempted to aid the cause), where the defense was spotty at best, the Wings' power play was a mess, even when Babcock attempted to shuffle the lines to kick-start the offense, the players couldn't or wouldn't buy in...
And the Wings too...
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...
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