Pavel Datsyuk injury update
Pavel Datsyuk could be ready to suit up when the Detroit Red Wings take on the Florida Panthers this evening. The All-Star forward hasn’t played since the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, but traveled with the team to Florida and appears ready and anxious to play.
For once, the news actually came from the player himself.
Traveling with @DetroitRedWings to Florida. Hoping to be back in the lineup tomorrow!
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) February 5, 2014
It doesn’t get much more official than that.
Datsyuk has been trying to get back out onto the ice and into a game this week for the Red Wings, which would allow him to see where he’s at leading up to the Winter Olympics. He’s supposed to captain the Russian team in Sochi, and he’s obviously been motivated to return for this reason.
If Detroit wants to activate No. 13, they’ll have to make a roster to move free up a spot. An indicator of Datsyuk’s readiness will be whether or not Jakub Kindl is moved to the IR. It’s believed that he won’t be able to play for the Red Wings until after the Olympic break, so if you see news about Kindl going to the IR, that likely means that Datsyuk is ready to make his return.
He spoke to NHL.com about how he was feeling after skating yesterday:
It wasn’t bad, yeah, I can move. Better every day. Now I skate with the team, and it’s more fun and more enjoyable and more confidence.
The Red Wings are coming off of a 2-0 shutout over the Vancouver Canucks, and will play one more contests—against the Tampa Bay Lightning—before going on their Olympic break or heading to Sochi. In Datsyuk’s case, it looks promising that he’ll be doing the latter of the two.
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