Pavel Datsyuk tweets 'hoping to play soon'

Mar 24, 8:29 PM

Injured Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk offered this update on his injured knee via Twitter on Monday.

Detroit is clinging to a wild card spot and could certainly use the services of their Russian star.

Apr 3, 5:47 PM

Datsyuk on returning to action Friday: 'Its been long time no play; I forget I’m hockey player'

Apr 3, 5:47 PM

Detroit Red Wings superstar forward Pavel Datsyuk will return to action on Friday when the Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres. Datsyuk has managed 33 points in 39 games this season, but a knee injury has limited the centerman to just five games in the 2014 calender year.

Datsyuk is understandably eager to get going. The perennial Selke nominee shared a charming description of the frustration he's been battling through over the past several months on Thursday, telling MLive.com's Ansar Khan: "It’s been long time no play; I forget I’m hockey player."

During an appearance on Sportsnet 590 the Fan earlier this week, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock suggested that Datsyuk would play on the wing as he eases himself back into the lineup. If the combinations Babcock used in practice on Thursday are any indication, Datsyuk can be expected to flank Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader against Bufflao on Friday.

"They play with confidence, they play well, they have speed and they have power," Datsyuk said of his potential line-mates. "And also they sit on the side of me (in the dressing room). When I need water they can bring it to me.”

The streaking Red Wings have climbed into a Wild Card spot over the past couple of weeks but, despite their recent success, could certainly use Datsyuk's two-way mastery in the lineup. 

Apr 3, 12:45 PM

Red Wings F Pavel Datsyuk expected to play Friday vs. Sabres

Apr 3, 12:45 PM

Pavel Datsyuk took part in practice Thursday, and appears set to return to the Red Wings' lineup for the first time since Feb. 27.

In 39 games, Datsyuk has registered 15 goals and 18 assists, and later confirmed that he will indeed play.

Apr 2, 11:16 AM

Red Wings F Pavel Datsyuk will not play Wednesday vs. Bruins

Apr 2, 11:16 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will have to wait a couple more days before welcoming center Pavel Datsyuk back to the lineup.

It appears to be more an issue of conditioning than health at this point, meaning Detroit's next game Friday against Buffalo remains a probable target date.

Apr 1, 11:04 AM

Red Wings F Pavel Datsyuk game-time decision Wednesday vs. Bruins

Apr 1, 11:04 AM

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk practiced with the team Tuesday, his second straight day on the ice after being unable to skate for three weeks due to a knee injury.

The 35-year-old is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Boston Bruins.

He added he feels "urgency" to return and help the team in their push for a playoff spot. With seven games remaining, the Red Wings have 84 points and sit in the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Datsyuk has not played since Feb. 27, and has appeared in only four NHL games since the Winter Classic on Jan. 1.

Mar 28, 12:04 PM

Report: Datsyuk skated Friday, still no timetable for his return

Mar 28, 12:04 PM

Detroit Red Wings forward and noted Puck Magician, Pavel Datsyuk took another step in his continuing quest to return to the Wings lineup before the end of the regular season.

Datsyuk, who notched 15 goals and 33 points in 39 games before being hobbled by a knee injury in January, "looked great again this [Friday] morning" according to Bill Roose of the team's official website.

Despite looking great on the ice Friday, there's still no official timetable for Datsyuk's return.

Mar 27, 12:09 PM

Report: Datsyuk did not skate Thursday, still no target date for return

Mar 27, 12:09 PM

Although Pavel Datsyuk seems confident that he'll return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup before the end of the regular season, the 35-year-old puck magician did not skate with the team Thursday, and there's still no target date for his return, according to MLive's Ansar Khan.

With the Red Wings clinging to the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, the return of their best player could be the boost they need to send them into the postseason. Especially since they are still missing captain Henrik Zetterberg, and have been mostly propped up by the emergence of Gustav Nyquist. 

Datsyuk, who has been hobbled by a knee injury for a large chunk of the season, has still managed to notch 15 goals and 33 points in 39 games.

Mar 26, 12:57 PM

Mike Babcock on Pavel Datsyuk: He 'looks like he can play'

Mar 26, 12:57 PM

Detroit Red Wings center and perennial Selke nominee Pavel Datsyuk is getting closer to returning to the Red Wings lineup, and took part in a light practice with several of his teammates on Wednesday.

Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock described Datsyuk as looking "like he can play," however, there remains no timeline for the ace two-way center's return to the lineup. Also, the Red Wings general manager stipulated that there was no chance Datsyuk would return to action on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Red Wings have been hobbled by injuries all season long, however, their luck on that front appears to be changing. In addition to Datsyuk nearing a return to action, forward Tomas Jurco will return to the lineup on Thursday. Top-six power forward Justin Abdelkader is also approaching game readiness, and hopes to return early next week.

Mar 5, 4:03 PM

Red Wings F Pavel Datsyuk out 3 weeks with knee injury

Mar 5, 4:03 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are shutting down forward Pavel Datsyuk for three weeks because of a knee injury. 

The team did announce, however, that Datsyuk won't require surgery for the injury. 

Feb 20, 2:09 PM

Pavel Datsyuk expected to be ready to play for Red Wings when NHL play resumes

Feb 20, 2:09 PM

After playing for Russia on an injured knee at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is expected to be ready to play when NHL action resumes next week.

"[Datsyuk's] taken an opportunity to go home for a few days," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press. "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."

Despite the injury, Datsyuk scored two goals and added four assists in five games for Russia, which was encouraging to Holland.

"I thought he had a tremendous Olympic tournament," Holland said. "I thought he played very very well. I know that he's been battling an injury going back to December. Now he's played five games here in short period of time. Hopefully, he'll be ready to play for us next week."

Detroit's first game after the break will be Feb. 26 in Montreal.

Feb 13, 5:59 PM

Russian HC: Datsyuk 'having a difficult time' with lower-body injury

Feb 13, 5:59 PM

Pavel Datsyuk saw just over 15 minutes of ice time during Russia's 5-2 win over Slovenia on Thursday, registering one shot on goal and winning seven of eight faceoffs while being held without a point.

After the win, and speaking through an interpreter, head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said the Russian captain is "having a difficult time, still" with his lower-body injury (via Larry Lage, Associated Press). 

The injury is believed to date back to the NHL's Winter Classic on Jan. 1, and had some wondering whether he'd be able to play in Sochi at all.

Datsyuk did not comment on his status Thursday, but with a date with the high-flying Americans next up on the schedule, the Russians would be well served to have their captain in the lineup - even if he's less than 100 percent.

Feb 11, 6:37 PM

Pavel Datsyuk is all business during interview with CBC's Elliotte Friedman

Feb 11, 6:37 PM

Elliotte Friedman is in Sochi covering the Olympics for CBC, and had the opportunity to catch up with Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk after practice on Tuesday.

The result was an odd-post practice interview, as transcribed below.

EF: Any doubt about your health for the start of the tournament?

PD: Everything good. Thank you for asking me.

EF: How much have you thought about (Steve Yzerman playing for Canada with an injured knee in 2002)?

PD: I only remember what he did, but just looking to be ready for my game. It's a different story. I want to make it my story.

EF: In 2010, you talked about how "we can't have this kind of performance again." What has to be different for Russia now?

PD: 2010? How many years ago?

EF: Four.

PD: Your remember. I not.

Datsyuk also briefly addressed his role as Russia's captain. Clearly he's done with answering questions about his health and is ready to get this tournament started.

The video can be viewed in full here.

Feb 11, 10:32 AM

Injured Pavel Datsyuk on Olympics in Russia: 'Unbelievable feeling'

Feb 11, 10:32 AM

Limited by a lower-body injury for much of the past six weeks, Russian captain and perennial Selke nominee Pavel Datsyuk has played in just three games in the 2014 calender year. In the two NHL tuneups in which Datsyuk appeared before the Olympic break, the Red Wings centerman played fewer than fifteen minutes and didn't take face-offs...

But Datsyuk will attempt to shake off the rust and any lingering pain this week when he represents his country at the 2014 Olympic games on home soil.

Datsyuk was asked if he'd been looking forward to this moment since Russia was announced as the Olympic host six years ago (which is what Red Wings general manager Ken Holland suggested earlier this week). "Not six," Datsyuk responded. "All my life."

Continued Datsyuk: "It's good feeling. We come back and play home Olympics in front of your fans; it's unbelievable feeling. This is Olympics is much more pressure. Usually lots of pressure, but this is much more because play home in front of our fans, and we need handle it and convert to energy, this pressure. That will be good help for us."

Feb 11, 5:30 AM

Pavel Datsyuk to play Thursday vs. Slovenia after practicing in full Tuesday

Feb 11, 5:30 AM

Following his first practice since arriving in Sochi, injured Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk pronounced himself fit to play in the Olympic tournament Tuesday morning.  

Following the skate, the 35-year-old was coy with reporters when asked about his health. 

"What injury?" he said via Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press

Since suffering a lower-body injury at the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, Datsyuk has only managed to suit up in two games for his club side, the Detroit Red Wings. But, with shouldering plenty of pressure to help his country defend their ice, his return may have been expedited. 

With practice a likely indication of the lines we will see on Thursday, Datsyuk is expected to be flanked by KHL stars Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk to comprise a mouthwatering second line deployed by the host nation. 

Feb 10, 1:26 PM

Russian HC expects Datsyuk to play on Thursday, Red Wings 'concerned' about his injury

Feb 10, 1:26 PM

Despite not practising with his Russian teammates on Monday, captain Pavel Datsyuk is expected to appear in Thursday's tournament opener against Slovenia.

"I don't think it's a serious problem, dangerous," coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said through an interpreter. "I think he's going to be OK." 

Ilya Kovalchuk added "I think he'll be good before the first game," and said he expects everyone on the team - including Datsyuk - to skate on Tuesday.

Back in Detroit, however, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland continues to express concern over Datsyuk's condition.

Feb 10, 9:34 AM

Pavel Datsyuk not on ice for Russia's first Sochi practice

Feb 10, 9:34 AM

The Russian men's hockey team took to the ice on Monday for their first team skate at Bolshoy Ice Dome without one of their marquee players.

Here are how Russia's lines looked without Datsyuk, who is expected to slot in between Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk:

After practice, Kovalchuk remained optimistic that Datsyuk will be ready to go when it matters.

Feb 9, 6:15 PM

Report: Russian HC says Datsyuk could miss Sochi if he's not 100 per cent

Feb 9, 6:15 PM

Being captain may not be enough to secure a roster spot for Pavel Datsyuk on Team Russia. 

According to a report from Russian state media R-Sport, head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said Sunday that if Datsyuk is not 100 percent, he may be watching the tournament from the sidelines.

"When Datsyuk arrives, we will talk and make a decision," Bilyaletdinov said. "Tomorrow is only the 10th and everything is possible."

Datsyuk missed a month due to a groin injury and has played just two games before the Sochi Games, logging roughly 14 minutes in each game to ease back into action. 

Changes to the roster can be made up until Wednesday, Feb. 12. This would be Datsyuk's fourth Olympic Games, and he was named captain on the team, while injured, on Jan. 15.