BUFFALO – The Detroit Red Wings head into their game Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres without center Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk was injured Saturday night after taking an elbow to the head from Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen.
Datsyuk did not travel with the team to Buffalo. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he texted him saying only, "He seems to be doing fine."
No further update on Datsyuk's status was updated.
Daniel Alfredsson returns to the lineup after missing the past five games with a groin injury. Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal.
The Sabres head into their game on a three-game losing streak and will have a handful of changes to the lineup.
Sabres coach Ted Nolan said will have defenseman Alexander Sulzer, in the lineup after being called up from the American Hockey League on Saturday, pair with Christian Ehrhoff. Mark Pysyk will also return after being scratched against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Jamie McBain and Mike Weber will be scratched.
Ryan Miller will get the start in goal.
As for the lines, here's what they may look like:
Matt Moulson – Cody Hodgson – Drew Stafford
Tyler Ennis – Ville Leino – Steve Ott
Luke Adam – Mikhail Grigorenko – Zemgus Girgensons
Marcus Foligno – Brian Flynn – Corey Tropp
Christian Ehrhoff – Alexander Sulzer
Henrik Tallinder – Tyler Myers
Brayden McNabb – Mark Pysyk
Scratched: Jamie McBain, Mike Weber, John Scott
Injured: Cody McCormick
Dan Cleary – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Johan Franzen – Stephen Weiss – Daniel Alfredsson
Justin Abdelkader – Darren Helm – Tomas Tatar
Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Mikael Samuelsson
Jonathan Ericsson – Niklas Kronwall
Kyle Quincey – Brendan Smith
Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff
Injured: Danny DeKeyser (IR - shoulder), Todd Bertuzzi (upper body)