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Red Wings-Blackhawks game-day updates: Datsyuk, Toews out for respective teams

Updated 5x at 7:32 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the win-deprived Chicago Blackhawks tonight (8 PM EST, FSD/CSN Chicago/TSN2/97.1 FM), the only good news I can give you is that Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, who’s likely to miss two weeks after having his knee scoped, won’t be the only superstar sidelined tonight, as reported by CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers:

Jonathan Toews is day to day with an upper-body injury and the Detroit Free Press reports that Pavel Datsyuk is out at least two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery today. It’s a big loss for each team, as they square off tonight for the fourth time this season.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews’ current injury is not the wrist injury that sidelined him before and during All-Star weekend. Quenneville didn’t have many details about the latest injury—“no defining blow” led to it—but Toews may have been playing through it.

“He’s a competitive guy and he wants to play,” Quenneville said.

The Blackhawks will go without Toews against a Detroit team that’s won 23 at home, but is around .500 (15-15-1) on the road. Brendan Morrison skated in Toews’ place between Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane this morning.

“Johnny’s important in a lot of ways, whether it’s his leadership or his quality and quantity of ice time,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He leads in a lot of ways. It’ll be up to other guys to step up and contribute. Don’t be Johnny, just be yourself.”

The Blackhawks will be without Niklas Hjalmarsson for at least another game. The defenseman skated with teammates this morning and is feeling better, but he’s still not 100 percent. There was no progress regarding defenseman Steve Montador.

ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers confirms…

“He’s day-to-day,” Quenneville said. “Upper body ... There was no defining blow I would say.”

Toews was able to finish Sunday’s 3-1 win over St. Louis. The team was off on Monday and Toews was not on the ice for practice Tuesday morning.

Quenneville indicated the injury is not related to a left hand problem that kept Toews out of one game before the All-Star break as well as the All-Star game itself.

The Wings will be without star center Pavel Datsyuk who will be out two week with a knee injury.

Niklas Hjalmarsson practiced with the Hawks for the first time after missing the last six games with an upper body injury. Hjalmarsson says he’s not 100 percent and will not play in Tuesday’s game.

Toews leads the Hawks with 29 goals. Corey Crawford starts in goal as the Hawks look for their fourth consecutive win after dropping nine in a row. The Red Wings have won six straight and start Jimmy Howard in net. Howard has been out with a finger injury since February 2.

As does the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc...

Toews did not participate in the Hawks’ morning skate and afterward coach Joel Quenneville said the center is out with an upper-body injury that is not related to the wrist injury that forced him to miss a game back on Jan. 24. Quenneville said Toews is “day-to-day” with the injury.
“Johnny is important in a lot of ways, whether it’s his leadership or the quality and the quantity of ice time that he’s out there for,” Quenneville said. “He lead us in a lot of ways. It’s up to some other guys to step up and absorb some quality ice (time) and some responsibility and contribute in their ways. Don’t try to be Johnny, but be yourself.”

Brendan Morrison will replace Toews in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last four games. Morrison centered the top line with wingers Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp during the morning skate.

Toews leads the Hawks with 29 goals and has added 28 assists in 59 games this season.

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson skated with teammates but will miss his sixth consecutive game with an upper-body injury.

And the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns:

Toews finished the Hawks’ 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Coach Joel Quenneville said “not much” happened to Toews and that there was no defining blow or play that caused the injury.

Asked if Toews has been playing through the injury for some time and if it’s been a nagging concern, Quenneville said, “we’ll just leave at that he’s a competitive guy and he wants to play.”

“Jonny is important in a lot of ways whether it’s his leadership or the quantity or quality of ice that he’s out there for,” Quenneville said. “He leads us in a lot of ways and it’s up to some other guys to step up and absorb some quality ice and some responsibilities as well.”

It can also be considered good news that a player wasn’t recalled with Toews hurt and that he wasn’t placed on injured reserve, which would require him to miss seven days. As of 12 p.m. Tuesday, no roster move had been announced. Brendan Morrison will take Toews’ spot on the first line. Morrison has been a healthy scratch in five of the last six games.

“With his experience, he can play on the power play, he can play on the penalty kill and he can play at regular strength,” Quenneville said. “Puck possession is something that plays into his strengths. I think he’s progressed in games. I’m looking for a strong start from him.”

Morrison, who was acquired from the Calgary Flames during the All-Star break, said this has been a trying season for him, especially after coming off offseason knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“It’s just trying to contribute in any way you can whatever that role may be,” Morrison said. “I just have to find a way to get going. It’s been a difficult year as far as the amount of games I’ve played and just the feel really. Obviously, I’m not very happy with the way things have gone so far. ... But I just have to find any way to get myself going and help this team any way I can. This is a fantastic hockey team.”


Inn terms of Datsyuk’s injury, as reported by MLive’s Ansar Khan, we’re learning more from the Red Wings’ Twitter account...

No sight of Pavel Datsyuk at this morning’s skate. Detroit has just taken the ice here at the United Center.
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Dan Cleary among those taking part in today’s optional AM skate at the United Center.
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Datsyuk did not travel with the team to Chicago.
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Howard: I’m not going to go out there and pretend to be pretty tonight. I’m ready to go out there and battle.
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Howard: Joey (MacDonald) did an outstanding job taking advantage of the opportunity he had.
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Howard on MacDonald: He is a great guy, he works hard every day and I was glad to see him take full advantage of the opportunity.
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Howard: I am excited to get back out there with the guys tonight.
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Holland on Datsyuk: Surgery is over. It was minor arthroscopic surgery and he should be good to go in a couple of weeks.
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According to GM Ken Holland, Datsyuk went in for an MRI yesterday.
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Holland: The doctor said having been in there that it was something that needed to be done.
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Holland: With two months to go before the playoffs start, fortunately we have some points backed away, the timing couldn’t have been better.

The Free Press’s Helene St. James is also confirming Datsyuk’s status....

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery this morning and will be out at least two weeks, head coach Mike Babcock said this morning.

“Everything is real good,” Babcock said. “He had a fragment in his knee, an old thing that we wanted to clean up here, prior to playoff time. He’ll be out a couple of weeks while he heals up.”

The Wings take on the Blackhawks at 8 p.m. tonight at United Center (NBCSN, FSD). Babcock said Henrik Zetterberg will take over Datsyuk’s spot, and Valtteri Filppula will move to center.
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As talented as they are, this is a significant absence for the Wings. Datsyuk is their most dangerous player and their leading scorer (16 goals, 43 assists, 59 points).

If it’s only a two-week absence or thereabouts, they should be OK, though, especially since this coincides with Danny Cleary returning from a knee injury.

“It’s a good opportunity for someone else,” Babcock said.

As does the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan...

Coach Mike Babcock said Datsyuk’s knee began to bother him last game and it was decided to have the surgery done now, with plenty of time before the playoffs

“He had minor surgery this morning, everything is really good,” Babcock said. “He had a fragment in his knee, an old thing we wanted to clean up prior to the playoffs. It’s an old injury he needed to fragment cleaned up. Just last game (it began to bother Datsyuk). It’s a good thing for him and for us and he gets freshened up. This way we have an opportunity to get him going 100 percent before playoff time and we made this decision.”

Datsyuk leads the Wings with 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) in 59 games.

Babcock said Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm and Cory Emmerton will man the center positions on the four lines.

The Wings return goaltender Jimmy Howard (broken right index finger) and wing Danny Cleary (knee) for action Tuesday night against Chicago.

NHL.com’s Brian Hedger is confirming both the Datsyuk and Toews news via Adam Kimelman, and the Red Wings’ website just confirmed the news…

The Detroit Red Wings today announced that forward Pavel Datsyuk underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery this morning at the Detroit Medical Center to remove fragments from his right knee.  Datsyuk, Detroit’s leading scorer this season with 59 points (16-42-59) in 59 games played, is expected to miss the next two weeks.

Also:

1. Knee surgeries which involve nothing more than “cleaning up” cartilage or other “floating debris” can take anywhere from 7-10 days to 14-to-21 days to recover from. This is one of those Jimmy Howard-style, “When can he get back on the ice and when can he deal with the discomfort?” injuries that is very nebulous in terms of its recovery time…

2. The Wings’ play only seven times over the next two weeks—tonight’s game included—which seems like a downright light and fluffy schedule by comparison to the ones they’ve endured for the vast majority of the regular season

3. And because I’m a Red Wings fan, too, I thought the same thing that you did, and Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson put the kibosh on, “Datsyuk injury = Wings will totally get a top-six forward!” talk:

#RedWings #PavelDatsyuk out 2 weeks minimum, had knee scoped this morning. #Zetterberg centers top line, Filppula, Helm, Emmerton, 2, 3 & 4.
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Mike Babcock says he’s not concerned about Pavel being out longer than the estimated 2 week period. #RedWings #Datsyuk
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Babcock says it’s a good chance to get #PavelDatsyuk 100% before playoffs.
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#RedWings Danny Cleary is set to return to action after missing last 5 games after getting Baker’s cyst drained on left knee.
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#MikeBabcock says they won’t need to bring anyone up to fill #Datsyuk roster spot at this time. #RedWings
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#RedWings Ken Holland also said Ty Conklin cleared waivers and will report to Grand Rapids where he they want him to play most of the games

Ahem:

#RedWings Ken Holland said since there aren’t players out there with #Datsyuk skill set so this won’t impact trade their deadline thinking

This should be interesting, too, via one Mike Commodore:

#homer will be on my account post game tonight. He keeps delaying…but I will put a stop to that tonight

One more thing: the Free Press’s Helene St. James is also confirming that Ty Conklin cleared waivers and will head down to Grand Rapids.

Update: Via the Free Press’s Helene St. James, per RedWingsFeed:

Cleary on Datsyuk being out: “It’s a big loss in all kinds of areas. So the onus is on us just to keep playing the way we have.” #RedWings
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Per GM Holland, on Datsyuk: “It’ll be a couple of weeks, minimum, three weeks, maximum.” #RedWings
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Just to calm nerves for #RedWings fans this morning: More Holland on Datsyuk surgery “It’s minor. It’s nothing major.”

Update #2: Via NHLGossip on Twitter, who actually only posts stuff from actual media sources, TVA Sports in Quebec is reporting that the Red Wings would be willing to trade the team’s most-skilled defensive prospect not named Brendan Smith for a depth player. Incredibly roughly translated:

Even if [he’s] injured, the Montreal Canadiens winger Travis Moen seems more interested in training for the NHL playoffs.

Depending on what VAT Sports learned on Monday night, the Detroit Red Wings[have] Moen, a versatile forward who is 6 foot 2 in tall and 215 pounds, in their sights and would like to add him to their core of veterans. They have even offered to Canadians prospect Quebec Xavier Ouellet, of Blainville, Boisbriand Armada, they had selected in the second round (48th overall) in the last draft.

The Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has already begun discussions about this with the GM of Canadiens, Pierre Gauthier.

Ouellet is currently the second leading scorer of the Armada with 49 points (17 goals and 32 assists) in 53 games. The 18-year-old defenseman is also third in scoring among QMJHL defensemen.

That is exactly why the Wings won’t trade Ouellet for a depth player. The Wings may very well be interested in Moen, but Oellet is one of the team’s top prospects, and there’s no way in hell that he’s going to be headed anywhere for the sake of adding one springtime’s worth of depth. This is wishful Canadiens-related thinking at best.


Update #3: More Datsyuk stuff from the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:

The Detroit Red Wings have lost centre Pavel Datsyuk for at least two weeks after he underwent surgery Tuesday to remove fragments from his right knee. “He said yesterday he could feel something not right in his knee,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “They took an MRI, saw a fragment. They went in today, surgery is over. It was minor arthroscopic surgery. They cleaned up his ligament, and he should be ready to go in a couple of weeks.”

The Wings indicated that it was only a minor procedure, that Datsyuk would be back sooner than later.

“When they went in for the MRI yesterday, they could see a little bit of something not quite right,” Holland said. I talked to (Red Wings trainer) Piet Van Zant this morning. He said everything went great, the knee looks good, but certainly it was something that needed to be done. It’s a couple weeks minimum, three weeks maximum. Somewhere in that time frame and he should be back on the ice playing.”

The Wings felt it was best to get the surgery done now, and not wait until closer to the playoffs to discover that Datsyuk’s conditioned had worsened, and he’d be lost for at least part of the post-season.

“The doctor said after being in there it was something that needed to be done,” Holland said. “Our concern was Pav complained yesterday and I don’t know if he complained much before, the doctor looked at it, do we wake up in a month and find out we need to do it? With two months to go before the playoffs start . . . fortunately we’ve had a good run, we’ve got some points banked away. The timing couldn’t have been better.”

Datsyuk leads the Wings in scoring with 59 points in 59 games, and is considered one of the favourites for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s most valuable player. Wings coach Mike Babcock indicated that for Tuesday’s game at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks, Henrik Zetterberg would move into Datsyuk’s spot on the top forward line between Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen, and Dan Cleary, returning from a knee injury, would play with Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula.

“It’s an opportunity for somebody else,” Babcock said. “It’s going to affect our scoring, but you’ve got to find ways to grind out 2-1 and 3-2 wins.”

Datsyuk’s situation won’t affect how the team approaches the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline. “No,” Holland said. “He’s coming back. When you got Pavel Datsyuk – there’s not many Pavel Datsyuks out in the marketplace. It’s minor. After Saturday we’ve got one game in a week, so we’ll see. Again, it’s nothing major.”

DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose is also confirming the news…

Despite a slow start, Datsyuk is having a Hart Trophy-like season, collecting 14 goals and 48 points in his last 42 games. One of, if not the best, two-way forwards in the NHL, Datsyuk is second in the league with 81 takeaways, which is one less than Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, who is listed as day-to-day and will miss tonight’s game with an upper-body injury.

While doctors cleaned up any loose debris from Datsyuk’s knee Tuesday, the star center cleaned up in the latest poll conducted by the National Hockey League Players’ Association, which was announced last weekend.

Datsyuk, 33, was the top vote-getter in six categories in the annual study, which conducted in conjunction with CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada”. Datsyuk was named the smartest player, most difficult to play against, hardest to get off the puck, cleanest to play against, and toughest forward to play against. Goalies also named him the toughest to stop.

The poll received responses from 257 NHL players in 25 categories.

“Pavel has the respect of all of the players in the NHL, it shows in polls,” teammate Danny Cleary said Monday afternoon. “But a lot of times those polls – as great as it is for Pavel – sometimes they work in the opposite for the Sedins or (Phil) Kessel, so they’re kind of misleading in some ways. But not Pavel. Pavel’s are pretty dang on.”

The Wings were already carrying 13 forwards on the roster, so it isn’t necessary to recall a player from Grand Rapids. With Datsyuk out of the lineup tonight against the Blackhawks, it’s expected that Henrik Zetterberg will center the top line between Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi.

As are Fox Sports Detroit’s Reed Nelson and just about every other major media source…

And Khan’s offered some interesting Twitter updates...

Holland on Datsyuk: “He said yesterday he could feel something not right. They took MRI, saw fragment. It was minor arthroscopic surgery.’‘
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Holland: “Talked to (trainer) Piet Van Zant, said everything went great, the knee looks good, but it was something that needed to be done.’‘
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Holland said Datsyuk out minimum 2 weeks, maximum 3 weeks.
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Wings lines tonight: 93-40-44; 26-51-11; 20-43-8; 96-48-39: 5-18; 55-23; 52-4; 35-31
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Holland said Conklin will get majority of work in Grand Rapids and return to Detroit in playoffs to be No. 3 goalie

Here’s the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan’s Datsyuk update...

Coach Mike Babcock said Datsyuk’s knee began to bother him last game and it was decided to have the surgery done now, with plenty of time before the playoffs

“He had minor surgery this morning, everything is really good,” Babcock said. “He had a fragment in his knee, an old thing we wanted to clean up prior to the playoffs.

“It’s an old injury he needed to fragment cleaned up. Just last game (it began to bother Datsyuk). It’s a good thing for him and for us and he gets freshened up.

“This way we have an opportunity to get him going 100 percent before playoff time and we made this decision.”

Datsyuk leads the Wings with 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) in 59 games.

Babcock said Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm and Cory Emmerton will man the center positions on the four lines.

The Wings return goaltender Jimmy Howard (broken right index finger) and wing Danny Cleary (knee) for action Tuesday night against Chicago.

Here’s the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness’s update...

“The doctor said after being in there it was something that needed to be done,” Babcock said. “Our concern was Pav complained yesterday and I don’t know if he complained much before, the doctor looked at it, do we wake up in a month and find out we need to do it? With two months to go before the playoffs start … fortunately we’ve had a good run, we’ve got some points banked away. The timing couldn’t have been better.”

Babcock added that this injury won’t change the team’s approach at the trade deadline.

“He’s coming back,” Babcock said. “When you got Pavel Datsyuk … there’s not many Pavel Datsyuks out in the marketplace. It’s minor. After Saturday we got one game in a week, so we’ll see. Again, it’s nothing major.”

And the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff offered a trade-related tidbit as well:

@kdog_NL Guy who interests #redwings is Selanne. Ryan Smyth might also peak interest were he avail. Both seem unlikely to move at moment.

Update # whatever: Here’s Ken Holland speaking to reporters about Datsyuk, per DetroitRedWings.com:

Update #whatever 2: The Wings to NHL.com’s Brian Hedger on losing Datsyuk:

“We’ve had a lot of centers we’ve converted to wings,” Holland said. “I talked to Babs (Babcock) this morning and he’s got a couple of different options, but Abdelkader, Filppula and Franzen are all guys who were centers before they got to Detroit and we converted them to the wing, so they can go back.”
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“It’s always a big thing having depth and guys who can play different roles,” [Justin] Abdelkader said. “I think (Datsyuk) is the best overall player in the game, so it’s tough losing him. It’s going to be a big loss. Hopefully we can all come together and fill the void together. It’s just part of hockey. You know there’s going to be injuries.”
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“It gives an opportunity for some other guys to step up,” said Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who will start for the first time in eight games after breaking his index finger Feb. 2 in Vancouver. “You can’t really replace Pav, but it gives other guys an opportunity to step up and take on a bigger role that on most normal nights they wouldn’t have.”

However, all of those “other guys” already are on the NHL roster and won’t come from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. The Red Wings are high on the prospects of skilled forwards such as Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, but won’t recall either of them—at least right away—to replace Datsyuk’s roster spot.

“We like the way the kids have played (in the AHL),” Holland said. “We move people slow. As long as the young players understand what we’re trying to accomplish as an organization, I think a young player is better off playing 20 minutes in the minors than eight minutes in the NHL and just surviving. I like when they’re hanging onto the puck and playing important minutes and they’re on the ice in late-game situations and they’re important people—because it takes a while for them to become important people at the NHL level, where we’re trying to win every night.”

He used Helm and Abdelkader as prime examples—both Detroit draft picks who have worked their way into every-game roles for one of the League’s best teams.

“You look at Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, we like the way their careers are going,” Holland said. “They’re slowly working their way from the fourth line to the third line and somebody’s going to work their way from Grand Rapids to our fourth line, like Emmerton and (Jan Mursak). When you’ve got Zetterberg and Franzen, Datsyuk, Cleary and Bertuzzi, it’s hard for kids to move by those guys.”

More Datsyuk talk from Chuck Pleiness:

“The doctor said after being in there it was something that needed to be done,” Holland said. “Our concern was Pav complained (Monday) and I don’t know if he complained much before, the doctor looked at it, do we wake up in a month and find out we need to do it? With two months to go before the playoffs start … fortunately we’ve had a good run, we’ve got some points banked away. The timing couldn’t have been better.”

Holland added that this injury won’t change the team’s approach at the trade deadline.

“He’s coming back,” Holland said. “When you got Pavel Datsyuk … there’s not many Pavel Datsyuks out in the marketplace. It’s minor. After Saturday we got one game in a week, so we’ll see. Again, it’s nothing major.”

The Wings did activate Danny Cleary off injured reserve for the game tonight against Chicago.

“If you’re going anywhere in the playoffs you’ve got to have depth,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “You’re going to have injuries and you’ve got to find ways to win games.

“When our No. 1 goaltender goes down two weeks ago there was this media infatuation with what we’re going to do with our backup,” Babcock added. “Well, Joey MacDonald has quieted that down. It’s an opportunity for somebody else. It’s going to affect our scoring but you’ve got to find ways to grind out 2-1 and 3-2 wins.”

More from the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:

“He said yesterday he could feel something not right in his knee,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “They took an MRI, saw a fragment. They went in today, surgery is over. It was minor arthroscopic surgery. They cleaned up his ligament, and he should be ready to go in a couple of weeks.”

The Wings indicated that it was only a minor procedure, that Datsyuk would be back sooner than later.

“When they went in for the MRI yesterday, they could see a little bit of something not quite right,” Holland said. I talked to (Red Wings trainer) Piet Van Zant this morning. He said everything went great, the knee looks good, but certainly it was something that needed to be done. It’s a couple weeks minimum, three weeks maximum. Somewhere in that time frame and he should be back on the ice playing.

The Wings felt it was best to get the surgery done now, and not wait until closer to the playoffs to discover that Datsyuk’s conditioned had worsened, and he’d be lost for at least part of the post-season.

“The doctor said after being in there it was something that needed to be done,” Holland said. “Our concern was Pav complained yesterday and I don’t know if he complained much before, the doctor looked at it, do we wake up in a month and find out we need to do it? With two months to go before the playoffs start . . . fortunately we’ve had a good run, we’ve got some points banked away. The timing couldn’t have been better.”

Datsyuk leads the Wings in scoring with 59 points in 59 games, and is considered one of the favourites for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s most valuable player. Wings coach Mike Babcock indicated that for Tuesday’s game at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks, Henrik Zetterberg would move into Datsyuk’s spot on the top forward line between Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen, and Dan Cleary, returning from a knee injury, would play with Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula.

“It’s an opportunity for somebody else,” Babcock said. “It’s going to affect our scoring, but you’ve got to find ways to grind out 2-1 and 3-2 wins.”

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SYF's avatar

Howard: I’m not going to go out there and pretend to be pretty tonight. I’m ready to go out there and battle.

Then go get it, Jimmah.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 02/21/12 at 03:51 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

#1.  I’m not buying the Red Wings line on Datsyuk.  If this were really routine maintenance why wouldn’t they wait until July?

#2.  What I really need you to tell me George, is how Jiri Hudler injured Jonathon Toews in cold blood and in the broad daylight.  Will the Midget Pimp ever be brought to justice?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/21/12 at 04:10 PM ET

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#2.  What I really need you to tell me George, is how Jiri Hudler injured Jonathon Toews in cold blood and in the broad daylight.  Will the Midget Pimp ever be brought to justice?

Posted by bezukov from South of Detroit on 02/21/12 at 02:10 PM ET

When you got several high ranking public officials all using your girls, a midget pimp can live large and not worry about inconsequential vagaries like laws.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/21/12 at 04:16 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

When you got several high ranking public officials all using your girls, a midget pimp can live large and not worry about inconsequential vagaries like laws.

Posted by Valek on 02/21/12 at 02:16 PM ET

+1million

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/21/12 at 04:47 PM ET

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It’s not necessarily routine, but if you need to get some goop out of your knee, you get it taken out before the playoffs. That’s what Holland told the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff—you don’t want this kind of “minor annoyance” to start really flaring up come April—so once the MRI indicated that Datsyuk had whatever’s floating around in his knee, he was going to have to have it removed, and as the Wings’ medical staff is cautious, they want that shit out before it can do any further damage.

That’s the concern. Pay now or maybe pay more later.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/21/12 at 04:54 PM ET

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If this were really routine maintenance why wouldn’t they wait until July?

I’m not sure who said it was simply routine.  He’s bothered by them now, and if it’s only possibly a 7-10 day recovery so why not do it now so that he’s 100% for the playoffs rather than having him play at less than 100% for the last two months of the regular season and possibly two months of playoffs?

Posted by Garth on 02/21/12 at 05:08 PM ET

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Update #3: More Datsyuk stuff from the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:

I am now satisfied with the explanation.  My thanks to all!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/21/12 at 05:20 PM ET

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Man, I hope Pav is back in time for the Flyers game on the 6th. Only time I get to see them play this year.

Posted by RyanVM on 02/21/12 at 05:31 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Kyle Quincey traded to the wings for a first round draft pick

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/21/12 at 06:26 PM ET

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