Pavel Datsyuk’s Return Just in Time for Sochi Will Benefit Detroit Red Wings

February 4th, 2014 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »

If all goes as hoped, the Detroit Red Wings will welcome Pavel Datsyuk back to the lineup on Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

Datsyuk has missed the past 13 games with an unspecified lower-body injury that has not only remained mysterious but has also fueled some speculation about Datsyuk’s true reason for nursing the injury as long as he has.

With the Winter Olympics now squarely on the horizon (the puck drops on February 12th) After a month of down time, Datsyuk will somehow have to bring himself to form quickly enough to lead Team Russia to what will be the only acceptable outcome for the host country—a gold medal.

In fact, this looming challenge has caused some to think that perhaps, Datsyuk’s time off has more to do with ensuring he performs well for his Olympic team, even at the cost of playing for his NHL one.

The tacit assumption at the base of these claims is that Datsyuk is probably well enough to play, but the longer he rests, the better he’ll feel and since there’s only a few games left in the NHL schedule before the Olympic break, might as well take ...

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