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Pavel Datsyuk | Center

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/20/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 198
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Pavel Datsyuk's marvelous third period goal was all the Red Wings needed on Friday night, as they held on to beat the heavily favored Bruins in Game 1 by a score of 1-0.
Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen in the neutral zone, stickhandled his way through multiple Bruins just over the blueline and fired home a deadly wrister past Tuukka Rask with just 3:01 to go in the game. The goal gave the Red Wings home ice advantage and a 1-0 series lead against Boston with Game 2 coming on Sunday. Apr 18 - 10:27 PM

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The Red Wing coach Mike Babcock will be very active in mixing up his lines but it seems likely that Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdekkader will play on the same unit against Boston.

The question will be whether Johan Franzen or Gustav Nyquist will be the third member of the unit. Nyquist has enjoyed success alongside Datsyuk but has also been effective on a kid's line with Riley Sheehan and Tomas Tatar. No matter how the Wings line up, Datsyuk, Franzen, Nyquist and Daniel Alfredsson should be the first four Detroit forwards called out in playoff pools.
Apr 18 - 9:52 AM

The Red Wings are encouraged by the way Pavel Datsyuk played in his final games of the regular season.

The Wings think Datsyuk looks more like his dangerous self six games after a long injury layoff. He wired a puck straight to linemate Justin Abdelkader in the Wings' final regular-season game on Sunday, the kind of tape-to-tape pass few in the league can match, and they think the future Hall of Famer can be productive in their first-round playoff series against the Bruins. "I think Pav is finding his stride," Abdelkader said. "He’s starting to get his endurance back. That’s very positive for us. Even just having him in the lineup, he’s so good with and without the puck, teams key on him and he’s a huge part of the team."
Apr 15 - 10:35 AM

Pavel Datsyuk scored for the second straight game in his third contest since returning to the lineup, as the Red Wings continued to roll with a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Tuesday night.

Datsyuk's goal was an empty netter, but the Russian superstar played almost three minutes more than he had in his first two games back since his month-long absence. That is a good sign for the Red Wings with the playoffs on the horizon. Datsyuk has 35 points in 42 games this year.
Apr 8 - 11:33 PM

Pavel Datsyuk played in back-to-back games in his return to the lineup last week.

"I feel OK," he said. "So, now I just try to pick up more of the pace, every day. I feel better. It's a long way, and I have a tough season." Datsyuk scored a goal against Montreal on Saturday after he returned on Friday versus Buffalo. It's being speculated that he could require surgery on his knee in the off-season, but he's in the lineup now and is trying to help the Red Wings secure a playoff spot.
Apr 7 - 12:38 PM

Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings in their 5-3 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

It only took two games for the world-class center to get back on track after a long layoff because of a knee injury. Datsyuk has 16 goals and 34 points this season. Luke Glendening scored the first goal of his career, while Niklas Kronwall, who also had a helper, got the other. The blueliner notched a game-high seven shots on goal as well. Johan Franzen amassed two assists.
Apr 5 - 11:01 PM

Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will not play on the Red Wings' top line in his return on Friday.

Instead Datsyuk will play alongside Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader. That's probably partially an effort to ease Datsyuk into the lineup and partially a desire to keep the Red Wings' hot scoring lines intact for now. "It's not about Pavel Datsyuk tonight, it's about the Red Wings," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "He's got to fit in."
Apr 4 - 1:52 PM

Pavel Datsyuk is ready to return to the lineup from his knee problem.

He will be back in the fold when Detroit plays Buffalo at home on Friday night. Datsyuk skated alongside Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader in Thursday's practice and declared himself fit to play after the session. He hasn't played since Feb. 27 so there may be some rust, but there isn't much time left in the season so activate him immediately.
Apr 3 - 2:40 PM

Pavel Datsyuk won't return from his knee injury on Wednesday night.

"I will play as soon as possible, but I need be careful," Datsyuk said after announcing that he wouldn't play against Boston. He is considered to be close to getting back into the lineup, but it's still unclear when that will happen. Datsyuk hasn't played since Feb. 27.
Apr 2 - 12:19 PM

Pavel Datsyuk (knee) might be able to return on Wednesday.

Datsyuk was shut down on March 5 to help with the inflammation in his knee. He tested out the injury by practicing with the Red Wings on Tuesday and the results were very encouraging. Detroit is already in a very good position in the battle for a Wild Card spot, but getting back Datsyuk now would still be huge, especially seeing as it would give him some time to get back up to speed before the playoffs.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 1 - 3:40 PM

Pavel Datsyuk (knee) is expected to fully participate in Tuesday's practice.

There's still no word on his status and a timetable for his return remains unclear. A clearer picture may surface after Tuesday's session. Datsyuk hasn't played since Feb. 27 because of an inflamed knee.
Apr 1 - 9:18 AM

Don't look for Pavel Datsyuk to return to action next week.

Although he is progressing from a knee injury he is not slated to skate with his Red Wing teammates in a real practice until Tuesday. That doesn't bode well for a return in the next seven days. Check back with us next week for further updates on Datsyuk's recovery.
Mar 29 - 9:40 AM

Pavel Datsyuk (knee) skated on Wednesday in an optional practice.

Coach Mike Babcock didn't manage the session, but trainer Piet van Zant said "he looks like he could play" when referring to Datsyuk. Babcock was far more pessimistic saying, "When I see him in the lineup, I'll believe it." There's no timetable in place for his return.
Mar 27 - 11:22 AM

Pavel Datsyuk (knee) announced on Twitter Monday night that he's "hoping to play soon," but Detroit GM Ken Holland said a determination on the talented center's status hasn't been made yet.

"At some point between now and Friday my plan was to sit down with Pav and Piet (Van Zant, Red Wings trainer) and see how he's feeling, I haven't really asked him," Holland said. "I have my fingers crossed the time off and the things they did with him are going to give us a positive result. I was happy to see him (Datsuk, skate). He told me Friday he was going on the ice Monday. That was encouraging. But at the same time he knows we have to test it out." Datsyuk has been sidelined since Feb. 27.
Mar 26 - 9:13 AM

Pavel Datsyuk (knee) has started to skate again.

Datsyuk hasn't played since Feb. 27. It's still not clear if he's close to returning, but Detroit could certainly use the help as they compete for one of the final playoff spots.
Mar 25 - 2:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2David Legwand
3Stephen Weiss
4Darren Helm
5Joakim Andersson
6Luke Glendening
7Riley Sheahan
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Gustav Nyquist
3Tomas Tatar
4Todd Bertuzzi
5Daniel Cleary
6Drew Miller
7Teemu Pulkkinen
RW1Johan Franzen
2Daniel Alfredsson
3Justin Abdelkader
4Tomas Jurco
5Mikael Samuelsson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Dan DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
8Adam Almquist
9Gleason Fournier
10Xavier Ouellet
11Ryan Sproul
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Jared Coreau
4Petr Mrazek