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by George Malik on 04/03/11 at 04:34 PM ET
This news is downright puzzling: the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings’ doctors have cleared Pavel Datsyuk to play against the Minnesota Wild today (5 PM EDT, FSD/FS North/WXYT), but for some reason, Mike Modano, who’s been battling a persistent groin injury, is a healthy scratch:
Quick update headed into this afternoon’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena: Forward Pavel Datsyuk will return after missing seven games because of a lower body injury, general manager Ken Holland said. But defenseman Niklas Kronwall will miss a second straight game because of an upper body injury. He’s considered day-to-day.
The healthy scratches are Kris Draper, who is up in the rotation between him and Drew Miller, and fellow forward Mike Modano.
This means Westland’s Modano will fall just shy of hitting 1,500 NHL games by season’s end. He stands at 1,496, with four games remaining.
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