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Pavel Datsyuk | Center

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/20/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 194
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Pavel Datsyuk scored a power play goal in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay.
Datsyuk's third period goal gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead in the game. The 36-year-old rebounded nicely after being on the ice for all three of Tampa Bay's goals in game four. Datsyuk now has three goals and one assist in five playoff games so far in 2015. If Detroit wants to complete the upset of Tampa Bay, they will need Datsyuk to continue producing at an elite level. Apr 26 - 10:35 AM

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Pavel Datsyuk will be looking to rebound defensively from a poor third period in Game 4 when the Red Wings face off against the Lightning in Game 5 Saturday night in Tampa.

He was on the ice for all three goals in the final 7:51 and will have to do a better job of shadowing Tyler Johsnon, who spearheaded the Lightning comeback. Luke Glendening, who will play Saturday despite sustaining a hand injury late in Thursday's contest, likely won't get the chance to continue his checking mastery over Johnson as the Bolts have the last line change at home and Tampa coach Jon Cooper will likely look for a Datsyuk-Johnson matchup that worked so well for him Thursday night.
Apr 25 - 10:08 AM

Pavel Datsyuk netted his second goal of the postseason Tuesday as the Red Wings upended Tampa Bay by a score of 3-0.

The veteran winger was slowed by injury throughout the regular season, but seems to have found another gear so far in the playoffs. The Wings also received tallies from Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening in the victory.
Apr 21 - 9:51 PM

For the fifth time in his career, Pavel Datsyuk has been named a Lady Byng Trophy finalist. He is joined by Calgary's Jiri Hudler and LA's Anze Kopitar as finalists.

Datsyuk won the Lady Byng in four consecutive seasons from 2006-09, and was a finalist in 2010. He had another remarkable season in 2014-15, recording 26 goals and 65 points in just 63 games while gathering just four minor penalties. This was Datsyuk's seventh season with more than a point per game, and his third, and second consecutive, with fewer than 10 PIMs.
Apr 21 - 7:42 PM

Pavel Datsyuk jumpstarted the Red Wings' post-season with two goals in the first 20:08 of Game 1 on Thursday night which helped Detroit push past Tampa Bay 3-2.

Datsyuk had a nice tip from a point shot to open the scoring, then ripped a nice wrister from the slot early in the second period to give Detroit an early edge. The Wings' captain now has 110 points in 146 playoff games and seven points in his past four games.
Apr 16 - 11:27 PM

Updating an earlier item, Pavel Datsyuk is indeed scratched from Saturday's regular season finale against Carolina.

"We've had a bunch of guys playing who shouldn't have been playing for a period of time, so they are out," Coach Babcock said. Through 63 games this season, Datsyuk posted 26 goals and 65 points and won 54% of his 1,120 draws.
Apr 11 - 6:29 PM

It is very unlikely that Pavel Datsyuk will suit up against the Hurricanes in the Red Wings' last game of the season.

There is no reason for Datsyuk, who just returned to action after recovering from a foot or ankle injury, to play as the Red Wings have already clinched a playoff spot. Make sure you have Datsyuk on your bench and another body in his place for games Saturday.
Apr 11 - 9:35 AM

Pavel Datsyuk helped the Red Wings earn a crucial point on Thursday night by scoring and assisting in the team's overtime loss to Montreal.

Detroit clinched a playoff spot with Boston's loss to Florida, but their seed and opponent remains a mystery as they might fall into the Wild Card slot if they lose Saturday's finale in Carolina and Ottawa beats Philadelphia. If they remain in third place of the Atlantic Division, the Wings could play the Bolts or the Habs, whoever ends up in second-place. Datsyuk has 65 points in 63 games this season.
Apr 10 - 12:08 AM

Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal and an assist, including the eventual winner, during Tuesday's 3-2 win over Carolina.

Datsyuk has now tallied points in three of four games, with two goals and five points over that span. He has 25 goals and 63 points in 62 games this season.
Apr 8 - 1:24 AM

Pavel Datsyuk skipped the morning skate, but GM Ken Holland expects him to be in the pregame warmup.

Coach Mike Babcock expects Datsyuk to play because "my mind won't let me think anything else." Datsyuk has been dealing with a foot or ankle issue. If he does play then it's expected that he'll be reunited with Henrik Zetterberg, who has been struggling to score goals for a while now.
Apr 7 - 5:13 PM

Pavel Datsyuk still appears to be dealing with an ankle or foot injury.

He has missed seven of the last 11 games with what the team has called a "lower-body injury." It looked like he may have aggravated the injury early in the third period on Sunday, but he stayed in the game and logged 20:53 of ice time. It may be something to keep an eye on in Detroit's last few games of the regular season.
Apr 7 - 10:56 AM

Look for Pavel Datsyuk to return to action against Minnesota Saturday night.

Datsyuk is confident he will be in the lineup. "I'm good to go," the tricky pivot said. His coach, Mike Babcock was not as sure. "Pavel will be a game-time decision, or a tomorrow [Saturday] morning decision," Babcock said. "We played him on a line today like he was playing, but we don't know how he'll react so we'll decide tomorrow morning." We are betting Datsyuk will be in the Wings' lineup. Get ready to activate him.
Apr 4 - 9:29 AM

Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) is expected to play on Saturday

Datsyuk missed two straight games due to the ailment. He has 24 goals and 60 points in 59 contests this season. Detroit has been fallen to the point where its playoff position no longer looks secure, so the Red Wings certainly need Datsyuk's help. Datsyuk will play alongside Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar, which means Riley Sheahan will slide to the third line.
Apr 3 - 2:23 PM

Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) will not take part in Thursday's game.

This will be Datsyuk's second straight contest on the sidelines. The good news is that he might be back Saturday. He has 24 goals and 60 points in 59 games in 2014-15.
Apr 2 - 12:11 PM

Pavel Datsyuk will miss Tuesday's match with the Ottawa Senators due to a lower body injury.

After missing five games, Datsyuk returned on Saturday versus Tampa for a two-game stretch where he tallied two points. But it's been a tough month for him in March, missing five of 15 games. For the season, Datysuk has compiled 24 goals, 60 points, and 51 hits while winning nearly 600 of his 1,056 faceoffs through 59 games.
Mar 31 - 7:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Darren Helm
3Riley Sheahan
4Stephen Weiss
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Erik Cole
4Drew Miller
5Daniel Cleary
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Tomas Jurco
4Joakim Andersson
5Johan Franzen
6Landon Ferraro
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Marek Zidlicky
3Danny DeKeyser
4Jonathan Ericsson
5Kyle Quincey
6Brendan Smith
7Jakub Kindl
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Petr Mrazek