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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Datsyuk at the morning skate

UPDATE: Coach Mike Babcock just said that Pavel Datsyuk told him that he's planning to play, but the final decision hasn't been made yet. Babcock said it's not his decision, meaning Datsyuk and the trainers will make the final call. Babcock said that the only lineup change at the moment is Kris Draper in and Justin Abdelkader out. That said, everything points to Datsyuk's return, including the way he's practicing. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said that he's expecting Datsyuk to play.

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No surprise, but Pavel Datsyuk is on the ice now at the Wings' morning skate. That's a sign that he's still on track to return tonight from a foot injury.

More to come on his status.

The Penguins' morning skate had no surprises. Everyone was on the ice and the Pens worked out of the same lines they used in Game 3.

Kunitz-Crosby-Guerin
Fedotenko-Malkin-Talbot
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Dupuis-Adams-Satan
Gill-Scuderi
Orpik-Gonchar
Eaton-Letang
Boucher

The Wings' skate was optional.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on forward line combinations with Datsyuk, Draper, and Holmstrom in the mix? Leino and Abs sit?

June 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

No word on line combinations because it was an optional skate. A lot of guys weren't out there.

Holmstrom was skating. I assume he's in tonight and if so, Leino would be the likely scratch.

Draper is definitely in and Abdelkader is definitely out, per Babcock.

June 4, 2009 at 12:23 PM 
Anonymous Hannibal said...

Why is Abdelkader out instead of Maltby (or Leino or even maybe Holmstrom)?

June 4, 2009 at 2:26 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Don't know. My guess is experience counts. And I don't think Abdelkader is that good defensively. Obviously Maltby doesn't produce any offense, but coaches like to go with defense.

June 4, 2009 at 2:32 PM 

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