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Talking Datsyuk

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss the Pavel Datsyuk injury,

Burnside: The Detroit Red Wings beat the Western Conference rival Vancouver Canucks in overtime Wednesday night, but lost Hart Trophy hopeful Pavel Datsyuk to a broken hand. Tough for the Wings, but if there’s a team that can swallow that kind of loss, it is Detroit.

LeBrun: Scotty, Datsyuk is out four weeks and that’s as big as it gets, a Hart Trophy candidate this season and a player that does it all for the Wings. Yes, they’ve got the depth and veteran experience to overcome, but let’s not sugarcoat it—you just don’t replace his minutes.

“It’s a big loss. He’s one of the premier forwards in the NHL and he was playing real well,” Wings GM Ken Holland told me this morning. “Not one player can replace him, but as a group, we need everyone to chip in and step up in their own way. I thought last night in the third period was a good example. Henrik Zetterberg was huge and other players also dug deep for us.”

more plus a look at Pens/Caps tonight…

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SYF's avatar

Maybe it’s the December pessimistic jerk in me but both LeBrun and Burnside both overestimate the Wings.  I count at least three Wings have a chance here in the next four weeks (barring further injuries) to play their asses off.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/23/10 at 06:37 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Not one player can replace him, but as a group, we need everyone to chip in and step up in their own way.

And that’s exactly what’s been missing from the Wings performance this year – a true group effort. Last year, everyone stepped up, closed ranks and played their collective asses off until the injured players returned. This year, the Wings seem to take the ice every game just assuming they’re the better team and that that alone will be enough.

Well, now a bunch of guys are going to have to play hard for a full 60 minutes (instead of just Cleary, Helm and Stuart) if they’re going to maintain their position at the top of the Western Conference standings. If that happens, Pavel getting hurt will be the best thing that happened to the Wings this year.

Uncle Mike loves to talk about the “challenges” that are presented every time “adversity” strikes. Here’s the Wings first chance to prove they’re up to the challenge.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/23/10 at 09:43 PM ET

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