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Datsyuk to miss at least 2 weeks

Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 1:21 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Datsyuk to miss at least 2 weeks
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, currently ninth in the League in scoring, reportedly will miss the next two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee Tuesday morning.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock updated Datsyuk's status following his team's practice in Chicago in preparation for Tuesday's game against Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN), who will be without captain Jonathan Toews due to an upper-body injury.

"Everything is real good," Babcock told The Detroit News. "(Datsyuk) had a fragment in his knee, an old thing we wanted to clear up prior to playoff time."

The Red Wings will not call up anyone from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids to take Datsyuk's spot in the lineup. Datsyuk leads the team with 59 points in 59 games.

Babcock told reporters that Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm and Cory Emmerton will be the team's centers in Datsyuk's absence.
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When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.

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