Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the team's home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs this weekend, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Datsyuk, 36, has not played since separating his shoulder on Sept. 22 during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on a hit from Rob Scuderi. St. James reports Datsyuk might make his season debut next weekend. After the two games against the Maple Leafs, the Red Wings have games against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 21 and the Penguins on Oct. 23.
Datsyuk scored 17 goals while dishing out 20 assists in 45 games last season for Detroit. The 12-year veteran has played his entire career with the Red Wings since being a sixth-round draft pick in 1998. In his career, he has 272 goals and 532 assists en route to making three All-Star Games.
Detroit has started the season 1-1-1 with Datsyuk out of the lineup. They beat the Boston Bruins in a shootout to open the season. The Red Wings have lost their last two games to the Anaheim Ducks and Bruins, with the loss to the Boston coming in overtime.
On Thursday, Detroit announced the site where the Red Wings' Joe Louis Arena stands will be developed as part of the city's plan to exit bankruptcy.
- Paul Palladino