The Detroit Red Wings have been forced to play without world-class forward Pavel Datsyuk for more than a month, but it sounds like they won’t have to do so much longer. The perennial Selke winner missed 16 games thanks to a broken right wrist suffered during a December 22nd game against the Vancouver Canucks, but the team activated him from the injured reserve today.
While we cannot guarantee that he’ll play in Detroit’s next game, it seems like a reasonable bet since they won’t play again until they visit the Ottawa Senators on the road next Wednesday.
The Red Wings were pretty solid without their outstanding two-way forward (10-4-2 in those 16 games), but they’ll obviously be glad to have the talented Russian back in the fold. The all-star break should allow Datsyuk a decent amount of time to get his legs back under him, so expect Detroit to claim their spot as a genuine contender toward the home stretch of the 2010-11 season.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.