Pavel Datsyuk (groin) has missed the last seven Red Wings’ contests. The 35-year-old’s last game was the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.
Certainly Detroit, no longer in a playoff position, needs its star back as soon as possible. But Datsyuk’s importance to Team Russia can’t be understated either. Not only is he a dangerous offensive weapon, he’s one of the top defensive forwards in the world. If he’s not healthy for the Olympics, his country’s chances of winning gold on home soil fall considerably.
PHT Morning Skate: Shane Doan takes a (friendly) shot at the Miracle on Ice
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.