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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bad sign

Pavel Datsyuk is still on the ice working out with Chelios, Kindl, Abdelkader, Lilja. When players are in games, they skate for 20-30 minutes in the morning. Datsyuk is at 75 minutes of a hard workout. Very unusual for someone playing that night.

UPDATE: Datsyuk just got off the ice after a 90-minute hard workout. He said that he'll be in the pregame skate and will decide after that. Datsyuk said that he worked out three times longer than usual in the morning skate to test himself further, to see how his legs would react to more of a game-like situation.

That said, a 90-minute hard workout in the morning is a very unusual thing to do the day of a game.


Anonymous Scotty said...

Is he skating hard or just stickhandling and getting a feel for the boards, etc. or what?

June 4, 2009 at 12:43 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

He worked out hard, all drills with the team, the stayed 15 minutes longer than the scratch players. He even played a 3-on-3 game on half-ice.

June 4, 2009 at 12:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Datsyuk is playing and will dominate tonight. The reason e tested the injury is because he does not want to be a deficit to the team! Dasyuk will put on a memorable disply for the hockey world tonight.

June 4, 2009 at 1:15 PM 
Blogger Avik Roy said...

Larry Murphy said last night on NHL on the Fly that Datsyuk didn't appear to have that explosiveness with his first step, though he eventually got up to full speed. Are you seeing evidence of that Bruce? If so, how does that affect Datsyuk's ability to defend Malkin?

June 4, 2009 at 1:38 PM 
Blogger John said...

Well, he's also had a week off. Maybe mentally and physically, other than his hoof, he's ready for it.

He is in world class fitness so maybe it's not such a big deal. He might still be more fresh than guys who are playing their 4th game in 6 days.

And the fact that he was able to skate 90 minutes, hard, is a great sign to me.

June 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a healty Dats and this series is over already. but there's no way he's playing tonight or in the finals. the guy is nursing a broken foot; too much to risk for a top five centre in the entire league. hate to say it, but the wings are done like dinner. having a debatable netminder will finally bring the Wing's repeat aspirations to a halt. Pens in six.

June 6, 2009 at 3:57 PM 

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