GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 23: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings is congratulated by teammates Tomas Holmstrom #96 and Brian Rafalski #28 after Datsyuk scored a third period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 23, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 4-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Brian Rafalski Probable For Saturday; Pavel Datsyuk Likely Out

It appears that Red Wings players Brian Rafalski and Pavel Datsyuk both escaped major injuries in last night’s 2-0 win over Columbus.

  • Live
4 Total Updates since March 17, 2011
  • Important 3
  • Updates 4
  • All Updates 4

Pavel Datsyuk Does Not Make Trip To Nashville, Still Day-toDay

Remember that whole thing I just said about Pavel Datsyuk possibly being available for Saturday’s game in Nashville? Well, erase it from your memories.

Datsyuk apparently won’t be playing as per this tweet from Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson:

#PavelDatsyuk not making #RedWings trip to #Nashville #NHL

So unless he plans on catching a bus or something, Datsyuk is probably out. The team revealed earlier that he did not need any tests done on his lower body injury but didn’t reveal exactly what it was either. Datsyuk is listed as day-to-day, so it could end up being a situation like the Red Wings recently had with Patrick Eaves.

Detroit won’t need to recall anyone to replace Datsyuk even with Jiri Hudler also out of the lineup as they have plenty of healthy forwards (Hudler sat out last night’s game with the flu). Still, Datsyuk’s absence will be felt; he has 10 goals and eight assists since returning from a broken hand Feb. 7.

Continue

Red Wings Receive Good News On Brian Rafalski And Pavel Datsyuk

It appears that Red Wings players Brian Rafalski and Pavel Datsyuk both escaped major injuries in last night’s 2-0 win over Columbus.

General manager Ken Holland said Rafalski feels fine and expects to play tomorrow night in Nashville barring any setbacks. Rafalski hurt his right knee when Columbus’ Antoine Vermette slid into him in the corner of the Red Wings zone.

“Rafalski’s planning to play, unless he has a setback between now and tomorrow,’’ Holland said. "He says he feels pretty good.

News on Datsyuk wasn’t quite as optimistic, but good nonetheless. Datsyuk sustained what the team called a “lower body” injury after he was hit by the Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash. Holland didn’t rule him out but didn’t confirm his availability either:

“Pav feels a little sore, he’s day-to-day. We’ll make a decision tomorrow morning, see how he feels.’’

Both players left the game Thursday and didn’t return. Either way, Red Wings fans breathed a sigh of relief after learning Datsyuk didn’t reinjure his hand that kept him out nearly two months.

Continue

Pavel Datsyuk, Brian Rafalski Statuses Up In the Air After Injuries

Injury news on Red Wings players Brian Rafalski and Pavel Datsyuk remains unclear after both left the game against Columbus on Thursday in the third period.

Ansar Khan of MLive reported that both players were walking around fine in the locker room but more won’t be known until tomorrow. Datsyuk said he hopes to play Saturday in Nashville, but wouldn’t say any more than that.

“I just take a hit – lower-body injury,‘’ Datsyuk said. “I’m hoping (to play Saturday in Nashville), but now it’s after the game. In a couple of days we’ll see. Tomorrow we’ll make a decision. See how it feels in the morning.’’

Rafalski gave a similar sentiment about his right knee, which took a hit from Columbus’ Antoine Vermette with five minutes to play. Rafalski said the knee brace he wears prevented a much worse injury. He came back out after the game to test it out on the ice, and said as long as his MCL is undamaged he’ll be fine.

“See if the swelling goes down tomorrow,‘’ Rafalski said. "Can’t let it get stiffed up. At first the pain was (bad) and then it started going away after a few seconds.’’

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.