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Datsyuk (shoulder) will play in Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Datsyuk was not expected to return until the upcoming weekend, but he will take the ice a little earlier than expected after making it through Tuesday's morning skate without issue. He skated on the Red Wings' top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader on Tuesday morning, so he should play a prominent role for the Red Wings right out of the gate.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) could play Tuesday against the Canadiens, Chuck Pleiness of Macomb Daily reports.

Datsyuk was targeting October 25 for a return, but it sounds like he's a safe bet to be back in the lineup Tuesday at this point. The star center practiced on his usual line Monday, and even took his usual place on the top power play unit. Keep an eye out for a confirmation update before Tuesday's game, but Datsyuk's return should be imminent.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) isn't expected to return to game action until next weekend, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

It appears the Red Wings are targeting Oct. 25 for Datsyuk's return, which would result in a total of seven missed games for the star forward. Datsyuk is still awaiting clearance for contact from Red Wings team doctors, but once that happens, he'll likely only need a few practices to get back up to full speed. Health has been a major stumbling block for the 36-year-old the last few seasons, but few forwards can match Datsyuk's per-game scoring production when he's in the lineup.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Bruins, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Datsyuk said over the weekend that his shoulder is feeling better, but apparently he is still too sore to play. It remains to be seen how much more action he will miss beyond Wednesday's game, but he was originally expected to miss 4-to-5 weeks after injuring his shoulder Sept. 22.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) says he's feeling better but still hasn't been cleared for contact, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

It was going to be a stretch for Datsyuk to get back for the first week of the season, as his three-week original timetable wasn't going to get him back in time to start the season. The Wings don't want to rush back the 36-year-old, so until he's practiced for a day or two, don't expect him in the lineup.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) has been officially ruled out of Thursday's season opener against the Bruins, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

For the first time in his 13-year career, Datsyuk will not be a part of Detroit's Opening Night lineup, as he has yet to receive clearance for contact. He's been able to skate lightly with the team the last couple of days, but until he's a more active participant in the drills, a return shouldn't be deemed forthcoming.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) is unlikely to be activated from injured reserve before Thursday's season opener, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.

Datsyuk provided a glimmer of hope by practicing Monday without a non-contact jersey, but he was back in one during Tuesday's session, which would indicate he will not be healthy enough to play Thursday. With Datsyuk up and skating around however, it does not seem his absence will extend too far into the regular season.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) practiced with the team Monday, Chuck Pleiness of Macomb Daily Sports reports.

The star centerman has been at practice for a few days now, but was able to participate without a grey no-contact jersey Monday. He's still on IR for now, but it sounds like Datsyuk is relatively close to being activated as the start of the regular season approaches.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) was placed on short-term injured reserve Friday, retroactive to Sept. 22.

While Datsyuk is likely to start the season on injured reserve, the move will allow the Red Wings to activate him as soon as he's deemed ready to return to game action. At the moment, Datsyuk doesn't look to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from the separated right shoulder, as he was limited to non-contact practice Friday for the second straight day, according to MLive.com's Ansar Khan. He's projected to return around mid- to late-October.

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Datsyuk (shoulder) will likely miss another 2-to-3 weeks, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Datsyuk has been able to practice despite the injury, but it will be at least a couple more weeks before he is ready to see game action.