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Red Wings' Datsyuk 'seems to be doing fine'

Sunday, 11.24.2013 / 4:15 PM

By Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Red Wings' Datsyuk 'seems to be doing fine'

BUFFALO – The Detroit Red Wings head into their game Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres without center Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk was injured Saturday night after taking an elbow to the head from Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen.

Datsyuk did not travel with the team to Buffalo. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he texted him saying only, "He seems to be doing fine."

No further update on Datsyuk's status was updated.

Daniel Alfredsson returns to the lineup after missing the past five games with a groin injury. Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal.

The Sabres head into their game on a three-game losing streak and will have a handful of changes to the lineup.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan said will have defenseman Alexander Sulzer, in the lineup after being called up from the American Hockey League on Saturday, pair with Christian Ehrhoff. Mark Pysyk will also return after being scratched against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Jamie McBain and Mike Weber will be scratched.

Ryan Miller will get the start in goal.

As for the lines, here's what they may look like:

SABRES

Matt MoulsonCody HodgsonDrew Stafford

Tyler EnnisVille LeinoSteve Ott

Luke AdamMikhail GrigorenkoZemgus Girgensons

Marcus FolignoBrian FlynnCorey Tropp

Christian EhrhoffAlexander Sulzer

Henrik TallinderTyler Myers

Brayden McNabbMark Pysyk

Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Jamie McBain, Mike Weber, John Scott

Injured: Cody McCormick

RED WINGS

Dan Cleary – Henrik ZetterbergGustav Nyquist

Johan FranzenStephen WeissDaniel Alfredsson

Justin AbdelkaderDarren HelmTomas Tatar

Drew MillerJoakim AnderssonMikael Samuelsson

Jonathan EricssonNiklas Kronwall

Kyle QuinceyBrendan Smith

Jakub KindlBrian Lashoff

Jonas Gustavsson

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: None

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (IR - shoulder), Todd Bertuzzi (upper body)

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