However, Datsyuk is a game-time decision.
"Yeah, we'll see tonight who plays," was all Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had to say about his lineup.
Datsyuk did not practice on Friday, an absence termed a "maintenance day" by Babcock.
Right wing Patrick Eaves, who sustained a broken jaw in Detroit's 3-2 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, will likely play, but will wear a full face shield after his jaw was reset on Friday.
Defenseman Alexey Marchenko, who was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Friday, will his NHL debut. Marchenko had 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 33 games with the Griffins and will likely be paired with Brian Lashoff against Dallas.
"I'm excited about it. I think everyone's excited when they play in their first game," Marchenko said. "So I don't know, hope I will do well. I will try to do my best today."
Marchenko will be the fifth player to make his League debut for Detroit this season, something which Babcock sees as a great opportunity for the Russian-born defenseman.
"We've had a ton of kids up. Some guys grab it and hold onto it," Babcock said. "Glendening looks to me like he doesn't want to go anywhere, so if I'm Marchenko, that's what I do. I just make sure that I don't go anywhere."
Jimmy Howard will start in net for the Red Wings.
"Everybody from the MASH unit came in this morning and is willing to play," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think a couple [of those guys] are doing a lot better than a couple of them, but again we'll get through it and we'll decide by game-time."
Defenseman Sergei Gonchar who has missed the past five games with concussion symptoms, returned to full practice earlier in the week, but his return to the ice will come Monday when Dallas starts a three-game road trip at the New York Islanders.
"I would expect Sergei to be back on the Isle," Ruff said. "He was actually hoping maybe for tonight. My feelings were hold him out, get him real good skate today, another real good practice and he'll be over it."
"Well, he's played well at home here," Ruff said of Ellis. "He's given us real good support. We need him to play well for us."
Here are the projected lineups:
Injured: Danny DeKeyser (groin), Patrick Eaves (jaw), Jonathan Ericsson (fractured ribs), Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms), Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Darren Helm (sore groin), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery).
Scratched: Mikael Samuelsson
Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey