That didn’t take long: Datsyuk hurt in preseason opener (Updated)

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After the Detroit Red Wings set a franchise record with 421 man games lost due to injuries in 2013-14, it’s fair to say that they’re hoping for better luck this season. So far they haven’t got it.

Pavel Datsyuk had an assist and netted the game-winning goal in Detroit’s 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh in its preseason opener. However, he also absorbed a big hit from Rob Scuderi in the third period that caused Datsyuk to leave the game with an injured shoulder. He will be re-evaluated today, per MLive.com.

It’s too early to say whether or not this injury is meaningful. It was a preseason game, so it wouldn’t take a whole lot to trigger a player getting yanked from it for precautionary reasons. In addition to that, the fact that it was his shoulder, rather than a resurgence of the knee injury that bothered him last season is something of a silver lining. Still, Datsyuk hasn’t played in more than 70 contests in the last three 82-game seasons and this is hardly an encouraging start.

Detroit also recently lost top prospect Anthony Mantha due to a broken tibia.

Update: Looks as though Datsyuk will miss at least the next week, per MLive…