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St. James, Khan: Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk still iffy with concussion

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.

Update:

Update #2: Here's more from Khan:

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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Not sure if anyone has pointed this out, but it seems we can’t lose with Pav out and couldn’t win with Smith out. Go figure.

Posted by wingsrul91 on 12/02/13 at 01:28 PM ET

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it’s true. it’s funny too, because Babs is the one who pointed out how we missed Smith’s passes from the back, despite his occasional mistakes, and oh man has he been making some passes. game after game Smith has been wowing me with his passing. The breakaway pass to Alfie two games ago was simply incredible. That is his upside. If he continues to minimize the mistakes and learns more and more how to make right decisions, he’s going to be a good one.

regarding Pav, I think it’s kind of amazing what losing the best player on earth will do to some other guys. All of a sudden guys seem to be taking more of an onus on their own shoulders, hence all of this secondary scoring. But I swear, even Z has looked more dangerous since Pav went down. It’s a strange phenomena. Can we keep it up once he comes back is the question?

So… speaking of which, I sure hope this doesn’t turn into some Crosby-esque year out. From that little elbow?! He’s already missing a hell of a lot of hockey for something that looked pretty dinky from a hockey perspective. I mean, how many shots to the chin do fighters take? It’s crazy. Pav’s brain is pretty special though, so the thought of it slamming into his skull is definitely not a good one. If he misses many more games, they might as well throw him on retroactive LTIR right?

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 12/02/13 at 01:43 PM ET

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This Pav thing is getting worrisome

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 12/02/13 at 01:48 PM ET

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From that little elbow?! He’s already missing a hell of a lot of hockey for something that looked pretty dinky from a hockey perspective. I mean, how many shots to the chin do fighters take? It’s crazy.

What it reminds me of, is Ali-Liston. The second fight.

Liston’s head was traveling west and connected with Ali’s fist going east. Very short punch. Very heavy blow. Lifted Liston’s anchor foot, his front foot with all his weight on it, off the canvas.

Here; Pavel’s head was going west and met Cowen’s elbow going east.

Liston never fought very well again.

Ali called it the anchor punch. He claimed that Stepin Fetchit taught it to him.

Fighters don’t often get hit in the chin while their chin is moving toward the fist as fast as the fist is moving toward the chin.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 12/02/13 at 04:02 PM ET

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So, now that Pav has missed over a week of games, has the moratorium been lifted on pointing out the joke of no suspension on the play????

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/02/13 at 05:48 PM ET

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Pavel Datsyuk is not a fighter. And when a 6’3,” 230-pound guy jabs his elbow into your chin, you’re going to feel it. It wasn’t a “dinky elbow” by any stretch of the imagination.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/02/13 at 05:56 PM ET

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I don’t know what being a fighter has to do with anything.

And yes, by many stretches of imagination, it was a dinky elbow.

Posted by Garth on 12/03/13 at 09:13 AM ET

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