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Datsyuk improving, could return Saturday

Wednesday, 03.14.2012 / 4:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Datsyuk improving, could return Saturday
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk continued to skate and strengthen his surgically repaired knee on Wednesday and said it felt "outstanding."  He could return Saturday when the Wings play the San Jose Sharks.

"Two more days," he said. "We'll see … every day (it's) better, better. But it's hard to say."

While Datsyuk improves, defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom will miss an eighth straight game because of a bone bruise in his ankle. It is the most consecutive games Lidstrom has missed during a 20-year career.

"It's quite an amazing accomplishment,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "I worry more about the fact that (Detroit) lost last night. Good teams very rarely put two bad games together in a row, and they're a really good team, so I expect them to be a lot better with or without him."
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