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.
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. NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman shares their modified defensive pairings here.
Lubomir Visnovsky returns to the New York Islanders’ defensive lineup.
It was an early start for Braden Holtby on Saturday, and it looks like his afternoon will be done early, too.
The Washington Capitals’ starter is having a rough afternoon as the Nashville Predators chased him with three goals on 13 shots. Holtby didn’t quite make it through 15 minutes of the first period before giving way to Justin Peters.
The final goal Holtby allowed was a ruthless snipe by Filip Forsberg.