DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk has yet to begin skating on his own after having arthroscopic knee surgery nearly two weeks ago, but he continues to make progress rehabbing off ice and feels like he's still on track to return with the two- to three-week timeline.
Datsyuk is targeting Detroit's road trip that will start on March 10 in Nashville before heading West to play the three California-based teams for his return to action. He might not be ready at the start of the trip, but plans to be on the team plane when it leaves.
"That's what we're looking [at], but for sure I take sun cream for California trip," Datysuk said, smiling. "Hoping to practice with team before that trip. Definitely I want to go to California. I go to Hollywood."
How does the knee feel now?
"Much better every day, my movement, I can do bike, I do everything almost," Datsyuk said. "But I need time. I wish I had some magic pills.''
He also doesn't know exactly when he'll get back on the ice to start skating and test it out on his own.
"Nothing planned," he said. "[Sunday] we're thinking about."