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Injured thigh keeps Datsyuk out of practice

Thursday, 05.21.2009 / 12:43 PM / Conference Finals: Detroit vs. Chicago

By John McGourty - NHL.com Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk sat out the team's practice Thursday at Joe Louis Arena, leaving his status for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks in doubt.

Datsyuk was struck in the thigh by a shot in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory in Game 2.

Jiri Hudler skated Thursday in Datsyuk's place between Tomas Holmstrom and Marian Hossa. The Wings' second line of Henrik Zetterberg-Johan Franzen and Dan Cleary remained intact, but a new-look third line featured Kris Draper and two players who haven't seen the ice in the series -- Kirk Maltby and Ville Leino.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will hold a press conference later Thursday to discuss Datsyuk's status and any lineup changes.


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