Pavel Datsyuk C DET 2 weeks ago

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the start of the season due to an ankle injury, according to NHL.com. Datsyuk had surgery in late June to repair ruptured tendons in his ankle, and it appears he is facing a four-to-five-month rehab timetable. "I'll miss only a little bit at the beginning of the season," Datsyuk said Sunday, but other reports project he could miss as much as a month of action. The star center has struggled with a variety of injuries over the past several years, as he has not exceeded 70 games in any of the last five seasons. In addition to the ankle, the 37-year-old Russian has missed time to a concussion as well as knee, shoulder and groin ailments. However, they haven't affected his performance on the ice, as Datsyuk tallied 26 goals and 65 assists in just 63 games this past season and has exceeded a point per game in seven of his last 10 campaigns.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 1 month ago

Datsyuk underwent ankle surgery on Friday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Datsyuk had the surgery done to repair several ruptured tendons he suffered in his ankle after blocking a shot in one of the final games of the Red Wings' regular season. He will be in a cast for four to six weeks, and will have his ankle reevaluated in three months. At this point in time, it seems that Datsyuk will likely miss at least a portion of Detroit's training camp, and may not even be ready to return to action at the start of the regular season.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 3 months ago

Datsyuk's first-period goal Tuesday ended up being the game-winner in a 3-0 Game 3 victory.

Datsyuk now has three points in three games for the Red Wings, good for best on the team. He has been a force in this series and should continue at about a point-a-game pace.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 4 months ago

Datsyuk scored at even strength and on the power play in Thursday's Game 1 victory over Tampa Bay.

An ankle issue limited Datsyuk in the season's final days, but he looks to be over it. The brittle star will need to avoid picking up another injury, but if he can stay on the ice, The Magician will be a playoff difference-maker.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 4 months ago

Datsyuk was a full participant in practice Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Datsyuk could have played Saturday but with the game virtually meaningless, the Red Wings gave him the game off. When he's been healthy this season, he's been lights out, so he should be a valuable asset in the playoffs.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 4 months ago

Datsyuk will not play in Saturday's season finale against the Hurricanes, Ansar Khan of Mlive reports.

With Datsyuk struggling to stay healthy the last month or so, so Detroit doesn't want to take any chances with him in a largely meaningless game. He should be good to go for Game 1 of the playoffs.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 4 months ago

Datsyuk scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal.

That's three straight with a point and 13 points in the last 11 contests for Datsyuk, who looks like he's healthy and ready to do some damage in the playoffs.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 4 months ago

Datsyuk (ankle) delivered an assist on the game-tying goal, then scored the game-winner Tuesday against Carolina.

He was iffy before the game with the ankle ailment, which he appeared to have suffered or aggravated Sunday against Washington. But it didn't slow him down at all, as Datsyuk's strong campaign continues -- he's operated at better than a point-per-game pace, but unfortunately has only appeared in 62 contests this year due to injuries.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 4 months ago

Datsyuk (ankle) is taking part in line rushes and appears on track to play Tuesday against the Hurricanes, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.

The Red Wings have Dan Cleary on the ice as an extra skater, but Datsyuk's involvement on line rushes with Darren Helm and Henrik Zetterberg suggests he's set to play. Lower-body injuries have put Datsyuk's status in question for seemingly the last several weeks on an ongoing basis, but he's an easy lineup inclusion whenever he's guaranteed to play. He's tallied 24 goals and 61 points across his 61 games.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 4 months ago

Coach Mike Babcock expects Datsyuk (ankle) to play Tuesday against the Hurricanes.

Datsyuk wasn't on the ice for the Wings' morning skate, but it appears as though he's on track to give it a go Tuesday, an outcome that would be supported by his presence in warmups as the Wings' 7:30 ET faceoff approaches.