Pavel Datsyuk Injury UpdateUp to the minute news and rumors on Pavel Datsyuk's injury
Surgery not planned right now for Datsyuk but it might be an option in the off-season. Club hopes Helm and Weiss will return next week.
With Datsyuk (knee), Zetterberg (back surgery), Darren Helm (headaches) and Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) all unavailable, Holland acquired Grosse Pointe native David Legwand from Nashville just before the trade deadline Wednesday to bolster the slim center position.
Injuries to Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm prompted the Red Wings to seek a center. They sent right wing Patrick Eaves, prospect Calle Jarnkrok and a third-round pick to the Predators.
Red Wings' Joakim Andersson to provide defensive presence on line with Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist
Andersson started the season as the fourth-line center, but injuries to Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss have thrust him into a different role.
After skipping practice Monday following his trip to Russia, Datsyuk declared himself fit to play Thursday and said the knee injury that caused him to miss 14 games with the Red Wings isn't bothering him.
A goal by Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson moves him into 2nd on the all-time points list of Swedish-born players, as Pavel Datsyuk records his 800th point.
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk roofs a backhander over the shoulder of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier for the shootout goal.
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier kicks out the left pad to deny the redirection of Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk in front.