Datsyuk (concussion) to miss second straight game


Still feeling the effects of a Jared Cowen elbow, Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk will miss his second straight game when the Red Wings host Boston tomorrow.

“Until he is symptom-free for a few days, he won’t play,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said, per the Detroit Free Press.

Cowen received no supplementary discipline from the NHL, a fact that didn’t sit well with Datsyuk’s teammate, Henrik Zetterberg.

“It’s an elbow to his chin,” Zetterberg said. “He goes down, gets a concussion, and there’s no suspension.”

Detroit plays Friday on Long Island and Sunday in Ottawa, the latter of which could be interesting now for more reasons than Daniel Alfredsson’s return to the Canadian Tire Centre to play the Senators.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.