Red Wings' Datsyuk sidelined against Islanders with injury that doesn't appear serious

Author:
Publish date:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Detroit Red Wings leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk is sitting out against the New York Islanders because of an undisclosed lower-body injury that doesn't appear to be serious.

Datsyuk was injured Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks in a game in which he scored the winning goal in overtime. The decision to keep him out of Tuesday night's game was a bit of a surprise and largely precautionary. Detroit put out a lineup with 11 forwards and seven defencemen against the Islanders.

The Red Wings were caught short of forwards after sending right wing Chris Conner to Grand Rapids of the AHL on Monday.

Datsyuk, who played in the Red Wings' first 41 games, has 13 goals and a team-high 43 points. He said he hopes to play Thursday night at home against Phoenix.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_14770593_168393426_lowres
Play

What Will Seattle's First Draft Look Like?

The Kraken have hired a number of former Carolina minds recently; we look at what that cohort did for the Canes.

unnamed-1
Play

OHL Legend 'Mav' Remembered as One of the Greats

Former OHL coach and executive Larry Mavety, who died Friday at the age of 78, was a hockey lifer who had a gruff exterior, but also cared deeply for his players.

Alexis Lafreniere
Play

Is it a Mistake to Hold Alexis Lafreniere out of the 2021 World Juniors?

The Rangers want the No. 1 overall pick to prepare for his first NHL training camp and likely don't want him to risk injury. But wouldn't the WJC actually be the best thing for him after not playing a competitive hockey game since March?