Pavel Datsyuk C DET 8 Days

Datsyuk will travel with the Red Wings to both Winnipeg and Toronto, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Datsyuk hasn't been placed on injured reserve, meaning he is likely close to returning. The fact that he is on the road trip with the team further indicates that. He returned last Friday but likely suffered a setback as he missed Tuesday's contest. It may be an injury he will need to battle with throughout the season.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 10 Days

Datsyuk (groin) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Datsyuk was unable to participate in Tuesday's morning skate, so he will be replaced in the lineup by Dan Cleary on Tuesday night. It remains to be seen if he will be able to play in either of the two games remaining on the Red Wings' current road trip that ends Saturday.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 10 Days

Datsyuk (groin) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Datsyuk is still dealing with the same groin injury that has been nagging him all season, which is a bad sign for the aging center. Groin injuries have a tendency to linger for a long time, so the Wings might be best served to sit him down until he's 100-percent again.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 14 Days

Datsyuk (groin) will play in Friday's game against the Blackhawks, according to Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily.

Datsyuk skated on the Red Wings' second line with Tomas Jurco and Justin Abdelkader during the team's morning skate, and Jurco confirmed after the session that the three would line up together Friday night. Datsyuk, who has tallied five goals and five assists in just eight games this season, will suit up Friday for the first time since Nov. 5.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 15 Days

The Red Wings will determine whether or not Datsyuk (groin) will play Friday against the Blackhawks following their morning skate that day, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.

After he was able to return to practice Wednesday, Datsyuk expressed optimism that he'd be ready to go in time for Friday's game, though the Detroit medical staff understandably wants to check up on him after the morning skate before clearing him for a return. The veteran center has been sidelined for the previous two games with the injury, but given his impressive play when healthy this season, he should be immediately reinserted in fantasy lineups if he receives the green light to suit up Friday.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 15 Days

Datsyuk (groin), along with all of the other Red Wings' skaters, was on the ice during practice on Wednesday, MLive's Ansar Khan reports.

Datsyuk has missed the Red Wings' last two games, but is hopeful to return for their next game on Friday against the Blackhawks. Before he got injured, the 36-year-old center had put up good offensive numbers, scoring five goals and five assists in eight games played this season.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 18 Days

Datsyuk (groin) started skating again Monday, the Ansar Khan of MLive reports.

If he's practicing Monday, Datsyuk should be ready by Friday's game provided he has no setbacks.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 19 Days

Datsyuk (groin) will not play Sunday against the Lightning, MLive.com reports.

Datsyuk posted five goals and five assists in eight games while he was healthy, but is dealing with his second injury of the young season, and will not be in the lineup Sunday.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 19 Days

Datsyuk (groin) didn't skate at Saturday's practice, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

It seems highly probable that the Red Wings will hold Datsyuk for the second straight game Sunday, with the team instead turning its focus to having him ready for action Nov. 14 against the Blackhawks. Datsyuk has already missed time with a shoulder injury this season, but has otherwise been magnificent in the eight games in which he's suited up, producing five goals and five assists.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 20 Days

Datsyuk (groin) is unlikely to play in Sunday's game, especially with a five-day break after the matchup with the Lightning, the Detroit Free Press reports.

With the tendency for groin injuries to linger and with Datsyuk getting up in years, it would be unlikely for the Red Wings to risk his health Sunday. He should return for Friday's game with the Blackhawks barring a setback.