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Red Wings Monday practice post in progress: Datsyuk’s maintenance days increase?

It appears that, from here on out--and as the Red Wings begin a slate of 3 games to be played over the course of 4 nights and 5 in 8--Pavel Datsyuk won't be skating in any practices, and I wouldn't be surprised that 70% Magic Man skips some morning skates.

MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported that Datsyuk didn't practice on Saturday, and today...

So practice continued...

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reported that Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils when they host the Wings tomorrow (at 7 PM EST on FSD):

Also, Sirius XM's Jimmy Murphy spoke with Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin this past Saturday, and that particular episode of "Murphy's Law" is available to download:

Switching to text, MLive's Khan reported that Daniel Cleary's still banged-up and/or sick, too...

Cleary also isn't skating again. No word on his injury but he was hobbling badly on Saturday.

While NJ.com's Rich Chere reported that tomorrow's opponent finds itself in similarly dire injury straits--in terms of self-inflicted standings wounds...

Asked if Brodeur's guess that it would take 15 wins in last 23 to get into playoffs, DeBoer said "it's somewhere around that number."

And...

DeBoer says Damien Brunner and Bryce Salvador, both injured, have a chance to play Tuesday.

The Free Press's Anthony Fenech confirmed Datsyuk's status...

The Red Wings are on the ice at Joe Louis Arena for practice. Pavel Datsyuk is not.

As did the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

Datsyuk and Cleary not on ice for practice. Datsyuk was given the weekend off to rest injured knee.

While Khan reported the Wings' subsequent practice line shifting:

Andersson and Weiss rotating in at center on line with Franzen and Nyquist.

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Other lines: Abdelkader-Helm-Alfredsson, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Bertuzzi/Eaves.

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Defense pairs the same: Ericsson-Kronwall, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Smith. Kindl rotating in

I would prefer to just get this out instead of leaving y'all with bated lunchtime breath. I'll update Datsyuk's status as the beat writers tell us what's up.

Update #0.5: More from Khan:

First power play unit features Franzen, Nyquist and Bertuzzi (net front). Kronwall and Alfredsson at points.

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Second power play unit has the Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco line.

Update #0.75: Via the Free Press's trade deadline round-up, I posted this quip from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson in KK Hockey with a simple response: "No":

Is there any possibility the Detroit Red Wings deal for the Rangers’ Ryan Callahan if he doesn’t take New York’s $36-million (over six years) offer because Wings associate coach Tom Renney coached him in New York?

Update #1: Then we found out that Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss have...Issues...Per Fenech...

Datsyuk's not making the trip to New Jersey, Ken Holland said.

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Stephen Weiss had a setback, Holland said. "He had a bad day today."

And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

Ken Holland said the #RedWings Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss will not play Tuesday vs. the @NHLDevils.

Update #1.5: Per Ansar Khan:

Holland said Datsyuk not playing tomorrow. He's day to day. Hoping he plays Thursday

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Holland said Weiss had setback today and is going for tests. Not a good day for him, Holland said.

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Cleary out at least one week with knee injury.

And Pleiness:

Per GM Ken Holland. Datsyuk out Tuesday. Hopes he's back Thursday. Cleary out at least a week with knee injury. Weiss suffered a setback.

Per Fenech, is this guy just bad luck?

Nick Lidstrom is here.

The Wings confirm the injury news:

Per Ken Holland, Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss will not play tomorrow in New Jersey #RedWings

Update #2: Will watching the Wings play in their charity poker tournament make you feel better? Probably not.

Update #3:

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Chet's avatar

“Cleary out at least one week with knee injury.”

LOL. At least, indeed. Try “Cleary out at least a career with knee injury.”

This isn’t to make fun of Cleary in any way—Khan’s wording is just priceless to me.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/03/14 at 01:10 PM ET

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“At least one week” does not exclude forever.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/03/14 at 01:12 PM ET

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I’m sure glad we took the “precaution” of sitting Datsyuk for a period and then all weekend.  It paid off!

Posted by captaineclectic on 03/03/14 at 01:18 PM ET

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lol. 13 is geting older, this will happen. let’s not forget he’s helped bring 2 cups to detroit. i hope he’s back soon.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/03/14 at 01:20 PM ET

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I hope so too.  It’d just be nice for the Red Wings to be a bit more candid.

Posted by captaineclectic on 03/03/14 at 01:23 PM ET

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It’d just be nice for the Red Wings to be a bit more candid.

—- Posted by captaineclectic.

Something like, “The real problem is underneath his left knee cap, and there’s a lesser worry with his inner left thigh. We’ll play him when we’re able, but if someone hit’s him in one of those tender areas he may not finish that game and he might miss the next game or two,” to explain everything publicly?

Why would any team wish to be, “more candid,” than they are required?

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/03/14 at 05:29 PM ET

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No, something like “Pavel didn’t feel well enough to play the third period and is now day-to-day.”

Posted by captaineclectic on 03/03/14 at 05:31 PM ET

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There’s a very legitimate argument to be had that the year of Darren Helm having “something with his back” and now Weiss having “a setback” = it would be nice to have SOME transparency, especially when you add in Babcock calling Cleary “sick” when the Free Press’s George Sipple reported that he had to be golf-cart-driven around the concourse from the player entrance to the locker room…

But in Datsyuk’s case, especially given that we’re nearing the playoff push, the fact that we were able to get from, “Lower-body injury” to, “It’s his knee, he’s going to see doctor #4” (who is that? wink Also: the first 3 may have been Russian and recommended amputation!) “and he doesn’t need surgery” is about as transparent as you can hope for near the trade deadline.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/03/14 at 05:37 PM ET

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To be clear I’m fine with the level of transparency we’re getting today.

I’m just verrry skeptical that when Datsyuk was held out for a period and given the weekend off for “precautionary” reasons he was any better than he is today.  I think the team knew he needed to improve to be able to play for Tuesday and simply lied.

Posted by captaineclectic on 03/03/14 at 05:41 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Teams lie about injuries regularly. GM’s do it right to your face and you end up reporting it and it’s a lie. I’ve been there when Jim Nill, Ken Holland and even Babcock have lied to me in the past. It ain’t personal.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/03/14 at 06:03 PM ET

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