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Friday, May 22, 2009

Datsyuk's status

UPDATE: My guess is Datsyuk won't be in the lineup tonight. They might be waiting on something, but his equipment wasn't set out in the visitors locker room after the morning skate.

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Coach Mike Babcock just said that Pavel Datsyuk will be a game-time decision. He hasn't been ruled out of the lineup yet.

If Datsyuk can't go, Ville Leino will be in the lineup.

"Nothing (Datsyuk) has done today would give us any indication," said Babcock. "Leino we think has a bright future hanging onto the puck, making plays in the offensive zone. Real good from the top of the circles in. He'd either play with Fil or he'd either play with Draper. I haven't decided what's going on there."

As announced Tuesday, Kirk Maltby will be back in the lineup and Justin Abdelkader will be a scratch.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Hannibal said...

I also think he won't play. Detroit only needs to win one game in Chicago and they will be favored to win even without him.

May 22, 2009 at 1:50 PM 
Anonymous Alex from Russia said...

Hello Bruce!
There is an unconfirmed information, that Pav is out for 10-15 days and will not play against Chicago. It's from LGW with the link to some Radio-station... Have you heard something about it?

May 22, 2009 at 2:21 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Alex, nothing that I know of. Pavel was limping, but other than that, I don't know how long he's out for.

May 22, 2009 at 3:15 PM 
Anonymous Ryan said...

i'd sit him anyway. there's most likely a hard fought final coming up after this round. better have him fresh and healthy.

not that i'm taking chicago for granted at this point, but let's see them prove that they can win a game before we put one of our best players on the line. if it's game 6 or 7... he plays. right now, let him heal.

May 22, 2009 at 3:39 PM 

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