Datsyuk scored for a second game in a row, and posted a season-high five shots on goal while playing 19:46 in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins. Datsyuk's heroics weren't enough to carry the Red Wings to victory in this one, but the Russian forward has begun to find his groove of late. He now has two goals and eight shots in the last two games after failing to score on 13 shots in his first five appearances this season. While the 37-year-old is well past his prime, Datsyuk's recent performances indicate that he still has plenty left in the tank.
Datsyuk's goal Saturday night was his first of the season and 26th in his career against the Blues. Since making his season debut Nov. 13, The Magic Man has produced two points in six contests. A little rust was to be expected for Datsyuk given that he required offseason surgery to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle, and what's most important is that he is playing regularly, averaging 19:11 TOI/G. With Datsyuk, you know the points will come in bunches once he fully gets his timing back.
Datsyuk made his season debut Friday, firing four shots on goal in a loss to the Sharks. It was a productive return to action for Datsyuk, who was named the third star of the game. The veteran had missed the start of the season due to offseason surgery to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle. Datsyuk skated on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg in the loss, logging 20:53 of ice time. Now that he's healthy, make sure Datsyuk, who notched 65 points last season, is back in your lineup.
Datsyuk (ankle) will return to the lineup for Friday night's home game against the Sharks, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Datsyuk is set to make his season debut Friday, a fashionably late entrance to the 2015-16 campaign as the result of offseason surgery to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle. The report adds that Datsyuk will join a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader right off the bat, and it appears safe to put the Magic Man back in your fantasy lineups as early as Friday. He may be rusty upon his return, but even a limited Datsyuk could still be productive given his top-notch hockey acumen that is backed by 869 points in 887 career games.
Datsyuk's status for Friday's game against San Jose will be determined after practice on Thursday, Chuck Pleiness of Macomb Daily reports. Datsyuk has been a full-participant in practice since Monday, even skating on a would-be top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Dylan Larkin. Everyone around the league, either out of hope or out of fear, will be waiting with baited breath to learn if the "Magic Man" will make his long-awaited return to the ice Friday.
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