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Cringe-worthy news for Wings fans as Datsyuk’s out with a ‘lower-body injury’

According to Fox Sports Detroit’s Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, the Red Wings have chosen to sit Pavel Datsyuk for the rest of their game against Phoenix due to a “lower-body injury.” Here’s hoping it’s nothing but soreness, precautionary reasons and a 4-goal lead to blame.

Update: MLive’s Ansar Khan says the move was precautionary.

Update #2 at 10:10 PM: Regarding Datsyuk, Wings coach Mike Babcock told WXYT that Datsyuk left early as he was “a bit sore” going onto the game, he stayed sore and the Wings felt they should take him out, and will give him Friday off.

Update #3: Babcock further told the Free Press’s Helene St. James that Datsyuk “got a bump” the other day but will be fine. saying he didn’t suffer a tear or anything else…

Update #4: Via the Red Wings’ Twitter account:

Babcock on Datsyuk: We knew he was a bit sore going into the game, but he’ll be fine. We’ll probably give him tomorrow off and go from there
Babcock on Datsyuk: He’s got a bump the other day and he’s fine.

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SYF's avatar

Jeebus, WTF.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 12/09/11 at 01:02 AM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

Just resting him….yeah, that’s it.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 12/09/11 at 01:09 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

As noted by the updates, it sounds like he’s gonna be fine.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/09/11 at 01:26 AM ET

John W.'s avatar

Sounds like since they were up 5 they thought no reason to risk it, although we’ve heard this before where day to day turns into more.  I guess we’ll see if he suits up in the next game.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 12/09/11 at 01:55 AM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

Babcock on Datsyuk: He’s got a bump the other day and he’s fine.

mmhmm, sure, i’ve heard that before :/

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 12/09/11 at 02:20 AM ET

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