Author: James O'Brien

Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers

Happy returns: Datsyuk plays for Detroit


There are two things that seem to define today: an unusual amount of afternoon games and a slew of returning stars.

Add Pavel Datsyuk to that list, as he’s back in action for the Detroit Red Wings as they face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Datsyuk had been sidelined since March 15 with a lower-body injury.

Things have been shaky for the Red Wings lately (especially in net), so getting a two-way star like Datsyuk to return is a big deal. He’s been his usual dominant self when healthy this season, managing 23 goals and 58 points in 57 games played.

Other star returns

Henrik Lundqvist is back for the Rangers

The Penguins regain Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist

Video: Pens’ Comeau gets game misconduct for hit on Coyotes’ Campbell

Boston Bruins v Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins were back at full-strength on Saturday, but that didn’t last.

Forward Blake Comeau received a game misconduct for boarding Andrew Campbell of the Arizona Coyotes. The hit opened up a cut over Campbell’s eye.

To the Penguins’ credit, they did not allow a goal during Arizona’s five-minute power play.

Quick hits: Wild scratch Bergenheim, Pens’ Perron out sick

Ottawa Senators v Minnesota Wild

Quite a lot is happening this Saturday afternoon, so here’s an attempt to gather some of the smaller bits in one spot, whether you use this information for fantasy purposes or just general information:

  • The Minnesota Wild made trade deadline acquisition Sean Bergenheim a healthy scratch on Saturday, putting Ryan Carter in the lineup instead. In an odd quirk, Bergenheim (pictured) has the same paltry production as fellow scratch Devante Smith-Pelly: just one point in 15 games with his new team.
  • As much as the Pittsburgh Penguins are approaching full-strength, there are still setbacks. David Perron’s out sick today, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers are dealing with some flu issues that are sidelining defensemen Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo.’s Adam Kimelman shares their modified defensive pairings here.
  • Lubomir Visnovsky returns to the New York Islanders’ defensive lineup.