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by George Malik on 11/25/13 at 01:04 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan offers an update on Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk's status, and it sounds like Wings fans will have to wait until Tuesday's practice to find out whether Datsyuk has recovered from Jared Cowen's unpenalized and non-disciplined elbow to #13's jaw to the point that Datsyuk can pass his baseline neurological test and return to the lineup:
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk feels "pretty good,'' but his status for Wednesday's game against the Boston Bruins will be determined Tuesday.
General manager Ken Holland said Monday that Datsyuk remains day-to-day but feels better after being elbowed in the chin by Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen on Saturday.
"We'll see what tomorrow brings,'' Holland said.
The Red Wings did not practice today and Datsyuk did not come to Joe Louis Arena for treatment. The club held him out of Sunday's game at Buffalo because he didn't feel good, raising concerns of a potential concussion.
Khan also reports that Todd Bertuzzi's "upper-body injury" is still bothering him, so Bertuzzi's back...I mean "upper-body" needs more time to heal.
Update: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James on Datsyuk:
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that Datsyuk is feeling better and will be at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday. Whether Datsyuk will practice remains to be seen. The Wings are off today after playing back-to-back games over the weekend, and next play Wednesday when they host the Boston Bruins.
Datsyuk felt woozy after taking an elbow to his jaw courtesy of Ottawa's Jared Cowen Saturday. Datsyuk dropped to the ice, and was slow to get up. He played a few more shifts, but sat out the last couple of minutes. No penalty was called on the play, and Cowen was not disciplined by the NHL.
Datsyuk missed Sunday's game at Buffalo, which the Wings won, 3-1. Daniel Alfredsson returned from a groin injury, giving the Wings enough forwards. Todd Bertuzzi missed that game and will miss the Boston game as well, as he's sidelined by an upper-body injury. The injury hasn't been disclosed, but it is not his back.
Holland said he wasn't sure if Datsyuk was, in fact, concussed, but the team is following concussion guidelines for now.
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