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Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk ‘out’ vs. Bruins

Updated 6x at 1:47 PM: This is about the worst news I can deliver you this morning regarding one Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, from MLive's Ansar Khan...

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

And the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Khan confirms in article form:

Pavel Datsyuk will miss his second game in a row Wednesday when the Detroit Red Wings host the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network), general manager Ken Holland said.

Datsyuk is dealing with concussion-like symptoms after being elbowed in the chin by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen on Saturday.

Datsyuk has not been on the ice since then and is listed as day-to-day.

Cowen did not receive a penalty on the play and was not punished by the NHL.

See also "legal hit":


Update: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms...

Wings general manager has just confirmed via text message that Pavel Datsyuk won’t play Wednesday night at home against the Boston Bruins.

That also mean in all likelihood that he’s out Friday (at New York Islanders) and Sunday (at Ottawa Senators) as well.

Datsyuk suffered what’s believed could be a concussion late in third period of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Senators after taking an elbow to the jaw by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowan.

Datsyuk did not make the trip with the team to Buffalo last Sunday.

“He didn’t feel quite right after the game,” Holland told The Macomb Daily during a phone interview before flying to Buffalo. “We’re going through the league protocol.”

Update #2: The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms in article form...

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk will miss a second straight game as a result of experiencing concussion symptoms.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Datsyuk will not play Wednesday, when the Wings host the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m., FSD, NBCSN). Datsyuk didn't practice today but did ride a stationary bike.

Datsyuk has been held out since being hit in the head by Ottawa's Jared Cowen on Saturday. Datsyuk remains day-to-day. The Wings are treating Datsyuk as if he has a concussion and "until he is symptom-free for a few days, he won't play," Holland said.

Update #3: NHL.com's Brian Hedger also confirms:

The Detroit Red Wings will be without two-thirds of their usual top line when they face the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit general manager Ken Holland confirmed Tuesday that Pavel Datsyuk (upper body) and Todd Bertuzzi (upper body) will both be sidelined against Boston. Datsyuk, the Red Wings' top center, was hit in the head by Jared Cowen in a game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday and missed their game Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Update #4: Here's more on Datsyuk from St. James:

Datsyuk has been held out since being elbowed by Ottawa's Jared Cowen on Saturday. Datsyuk hasn't even felt well enough to skate; he limited his activity today to riding a stationary bike.

"He's not 100%," teammate and friend Henrik Zetterberg said. "We've just got to wait until he is."

The fact there was no punishment for Cowen — there was no penalty on the play and no postgame disciplinary punishment — didn't sit well with Zetterberg.

"It's an elbow to his chin," Zetterberg said. "He goes down, gets a concussion, and there's no suspension."

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Datsyuk will not play Wednesday, when the Wings host the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m., FSD, NBCSN).

Datsyuk remains day-to-day. "Until he is symptom-free for a few days, he won't play," Holland said.

Update #5: The Free Press's Helene St. James posted a video of Zetterberg and Babcock discussing Datsyuk's status...

Update #6: Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan on Datsyuk:

Forward Pavel Datsyuk has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bruins. Datsyuk didn’t practice Tuesday. He likely has a concussion, though the Wings have not termed it as such.

"He'll go through the process and we'll talk to him after that," said Babcock, who added Datsyuk went through a light stationary bike workout Tuesday. "We'll go through the protocol and see what happens."

Forward Henrik Zetterberg has been communicating with Datsyuk regularly since Datsyuk got hit on the chin Saturday by Ottawa defenseman's Jared Cowen.

"He's not 100 percent," Zetterberg said. "We just have to wait until he is. He's not ready to go. I've been talking to him and it's tough to see when you know he wants to go, but he knows he can't. When it's your head like that, you have to be cautious and wait it out."

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perfection's avatar

that elbow was garbage. yeah, Dats moved at the last minute, but due to the fact that Cowen is an inferior skater and player, throwing his elbow out was what he did intentionally to prevent Dats from going back by. Perhaps you could call the fact it landed square on Pav’s jaw an “accident”, but the throwing out of the elbow was most definitely done on purpose and was as reckless as someone not being in control of their stick and probably even more so as there really isn’t such a thing as a “legal” elbow whereas there are plenty of legal stick checks.

In any case, what makes me doubly angry about this elbow is it was the culmination of an obvious strategy by the Senators to “punish” the Wings and basically attempt to injure on every play, whether through hard legal checks or repeated slashes after the whistle. The refs horribly managed the game and let it get further and further out of control… which ended with this reckless elbow. The fact that there wasn’t at least a fine essentially validates both the Senator’s strategy and piss poor officiating. And then to hear them whining about diving after the game… apparently more than Bobby Ryan came from Anaheim.

And now we are missing the best player in the world in a battle against the first place team. It’s garbage. That Vine link shows it pretty damn clearly. Chump move.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/26/13 at 01:24 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Hopefully Danny Cleary will take exception to what Cowen did and settle the score.

Even though that’s not his “game”, he isn’t doing anything else on the ice so he may as well exact some revenge.  Cowen needs to be punished.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 11/26/13 at 02:44 PM ET


Yes, Danny Cleary will exact revenge on Cowen’s knuckles by hitting them with his face.

Posted by bababooey on 11/26/13 at 03:30 PM ET

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