The Malik Report
by George Malik on 11/24/13 at 05:15 PM ET
I'm not sure how to take this, but MLive's Brendan Savage reports that the Red Wings' coach suggests his possibly-concussed player is doing solidly enough given that he took an unpenalized and un-league-disciplined hit to the jaw last night:
[C]oach Mike Babcock made contact today with Datsyuk, who remained behind in Detroit while his teammates traveled to Buffalo for an afternoon game with the Sabres.
Datsyuk was elbowed in the head by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen with 7:48 left in the third period and played just three more shifts before calling it a night.
"I just texted him and he seems to be doing just fine," Babcock said before faceoff at the First Niagara Center. "So we'll see if he's available the next game."
Update: For the record, it appears that the "Turdburger Jersey" is indeed real:
Update #2: Here are more lineup notes from NHL.com/Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon:
Sabres coach Ted Nolan said will have defenseman Alexander Sulzer, in the lineup after being called up from the American Hockey League on Saturday, pair with Christian Ehrhoff. Mark Pysyk will also return after being scratched against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Jamie McBain and Mike Weber will be scratched.
Ryan Miller will get the start in goal.
As for the lines, here’s what they may look like:
Matt Moulson – Cody Hodgson – Drew Stafford
Tyler Ennis – Ville Leino – Steve Ott
Luke Adam – Mikhail Grigorenko – Zemgus Girgensons
Marcus Foligno – Brian Flynn – Corey Tropp
Christian Ehrhoff – Alexander Sulzer
Henrik Tallinder – Tyler Myers
Brayden McNabb – Mark Pysyk
Scratched: Jamie McBain, Mike Weber, John Scott
Injured: Cody McCormick
Dan Cleary – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Johan Franzen – Stephen Weiss – Daniel Alfredsson
Justin Abdelkader – Darren Helm – Tomas Tatar
Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Mikael Samuelsson
Jonathan Ericsson – Niklas Kronwall
Kyle Quincey – Brendan Smith
Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff
Injured: Danny DeKeyser (IR - shoulder), Todd Bertuzzi (upper body)
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