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by George Malik on 12/02/13 at 02:06 PM ET
Not good news at all on the Pavel Datsyuk front. The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings' most important player will probably miss his own "bobblehead night" at Joe Louis Arena this Wednesday against Philadelphia as Datsyuk's real bobbling head is still dealing with the after-effects of Jared Cowen's elbow:
The Wings play 12 games between Wednesday the 4th and Monday the 23rd, and I get the feeling that those missed games due to what was supposedly an "accidental" and non-suspension-worthy elbow are going to pile up.
A couple of off-day Detroit Red Wings injury updates:
General manager Ken Holland said Monday that Pavel Datsyuk is going to need a good week of practice before being cleared to play. He said he isn’t sure if he will begin practicing on Tuesday.
So Datsyuk will miss his fifth game in a row due to a concussion Wednesday when the Philadelphia Flyers visit Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
Datsyuk, injured on an elbow to the chin from Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen on Nov. 23, skated for about 10 minutes last Wednesday.
Todd Bertuzzi, out the past five games with an upper-body injury, is “probably ready to play this week,’’ Holland said. The club will decide on Tuesday whether Bertuzzi can play Wednesday or on the weekend.
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