Datsyuk, second on Detroit with 32 points (15 goals), participated in morning skate on Saturday but called himself questionable for the game afterward. He did not practice on Friday in what was called a "maintenance day" by Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
With Datsyuk out, Luke Glendening, who has been centering the Red Wings' fourth line was the likely candidate to move up. Right wing Mikael Samuelsson, who hasn't played since Dec. 17 against the Anaheim Ducks, returned and skated on Detroit's fourth line.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie