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by George Malik on 03/03/14 at 01:24 PM ET
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."
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.
Other lines: Abdelkader-Helm-Alfredsson, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Bertuzzi/Eaves.
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.
Second power play unit has the Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco line.
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.
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
Holland said Weiss had setback today and is going for tests. Not a good day for him, Holland said.
Cleary out at least one week with knee injury.
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.
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