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Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will be shut down for the next three weeks.
What happens after that remains to be seen. For now, the hope is that Datsyuk won't require surgery. He played through a lower-body injury during the Olympics and managed to participate in two contests with Detroit when he returned from Sochi before he was taken out of the lineup.
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Pavel Datsyuk (knee) won't play Tuesday night against New Jersey and he's doubtful to play Thursday as well.
He is scheduled to see a fourth doctor on Wednesday to look at his ailing knee. He has been battling an inflamed knee since January. Surgery has not been recommended during his previous visits with doctors, but he hasn't been able to shake the ailment. Datsyuk is being listed as day-to-day, but it's unclear when he'll be available to return.
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Pavel Datsyuk is expected to return to practice with the Red Wings next week.
The captain of Team Russia had a disappointing end to his Olympic experience when the hosts were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Finland. "He's taken an opportunity to go home for a few days," GM Ken Holland said. "I told him just to be on the ice Tuesday for practice. We certainly expect him to play Wednesday, but we'll see how he feels." Datsyuk was superb for Russia during the tournament, with two goals and six points in five games.
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Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is supportive of Pavel Datsyuk's decision to play through a lower-body injury during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"With Pavel, he has been a warrior for us since he showed up in 2001," Holland said. "I'm not sure where we'd be without him. He knows his body better than anybody, and I think he's earned the right to make the decision based on how his body feels." Datsyuk is taking the advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to fight for an Olympic gold medal at home. That being said, it will be interesting to see if playing through the ailment wears on him as the 2013-14 campaign drags on.
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Pavel Datsyuk was the best player on the ice in Russia's 3-2 shootout loss to the U.S. in Group B Olympic play Saturday.
Datsyuk scored both Russian goals in regulation and a couple in the shootout and was the game's first star. There will now likely be no more talk about whether the Red Wing pivot is fully healthy. Datsyuk had been sidelined with a groin muscle injury last month.
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Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) will play in Russia's opener on Thursday.
Datsyuk was sidelined for 14 straight games and had his playing time limited in his final two contests before the Olympic break. All the same, he feels up to facing Slovenia in the opener. He's projected to play alongside Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk.
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Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) practiced on Tuesday for Russia.
Datsyuk missed 14 games following the Winter Classic with the injury, but played in the Red Wings final two games as he picked up one assist. He missed Monday's practice with Russia so this is good news for the home side.