Video: Pavel Datsyuk Talks About Returning From His Latest Injury

With the 2014 Winter Olympics set to take place in just a few days in his native Russia, Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is ready to make his return to the ice tonight against the Florida Panthers.

Having not played since January 1 while nursing a lower-body injury, Datsyuk’s return bodes well for both the Red Wings and Team Russia’s hopes of Olympic gold.

Prior to his injury, Datysuk had earned 32 points (15-17-32) in 35 games played.

While this news may be good for fans of both the Red Wings and Russia, Panthers’ fans will be lamenting this return as Datsyuk has already earned 4 points (1-3-4) in just two games against the Cats this season.

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GIF: Pavel Datsyuk Bests Zdeno Chara

Even at 35-years-old, Pavel “The Wizard” Datsyuk proved once again on Monday night that there is still plenty of magic left in his game. At the 11:33 mark of the 1st period of the Red Wings’ Columbus Day matinee against the Bruins, Datysuk would use his otherworldly stick-handling abilities to burst past perennial All-Star defenseman Zdeno Chara and feed line-mate Henrik Zetterberg for the first goal of the game. The Red Wings would go on to win the game by a final score of 3-2 behind Datysuk’s heroics.

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The Snowball Effect Of Cancelling The Winter Classic

Winter Classic In Chicago. Source: M. Bisanz

Here we are with November under way and the only excitement these next 30 days appear to be bringing, will be the mustache’s that the male population will sport for the annual Movember cause.  Instead of 10 or so hockey games under NHL teams’ belts, each one sits not only even in record, but with seemingly less and less chance of having any games played this season.  Not trying to be “Debbie Downer” here, but if the Winter Classic is cancelled, or maybe by the time you read this it already has, the balance of the season won’t be far behind.

The Winter Classic in the past few seasons has become the showcase game for the NHL, giving fans all across North America, and even Europe, an opportunity to see the beauty, grace, and charisma that hockey brings.  Those of us who already know that, anticipate the game as though it’s another unwrapped Christmas present waiting under our tree.  Your entire day is devoted to the build up which includes pre-game coverage, a look back at the previous season’s matchup, and of course the game itself.  When this game doesn’t happen the damage to the NHL could be devastating.  Too strong of a word?  Think about the ramifications of not playing this game. [Read more...]

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