Datsyuk directed seven shots on goal and got two of them -- one on a power play -- past Florida goalie Al Montoya in Monday night's 3-0 victory. Both tallies were just insurance, a Petr Mrazek spun a shutout for the Wings, but they're huge for Datsyuk, who hadn't found net in the last eight contests. Fortunately, he continued racking up assists even while the shots weren't finding twine. Even though his season point-scoring pace is still on the slow side by his standards, things look like they're trending up for The Magic Man, who's netted consecutive two-point games and seems primed for a strong run down the stretch.
Datsyuk earned a pair of assists in Saturday afternoon's 5-1 rout of the Islanders. The Magic Man grabbed the secondary apples on Detroit's second and third goals of the matinee, giving him 20 on the season. He may not have found twine (for the eighth game in a row), but Datsyuk is clipping along at a decent rate with 26 points in 36 games, so look for him to hit the scoresheet more often than not in the last two months of the season despite his steady decline.
Datsyuk assisted on the opening goal in Monday's 4-2 win against the Islanders. Datsyuk snapped a rare two-game scoreless streak with the assist. Datsyuk has not gone without scoring for more than two games this season and sits at 24 points in 34 games. While his six goals and 7.8 shot percentage are a little disheartening for fantasy owners, the center is still producing at a high level, especially for a 37-year-old.
Datsyuk was phenomenal in Thursday night's overtime win over the Coyotes. He picked up a goal and an assist on the power play, followed by another helper on the game-winning score by defenseman Danny DeKeyser. The Magic Man is up to his old tricks with five points in the past two games. Better yet, a right ankle injury that required surgery in the offseason is a distant memory at this point. He's not scoring at his typical rate due to a career-low shooting percentage of 9.1, but that's splitting hairs as the Russian does have 21 points in 29 games.
Datsyuk assisted on both goals in Monday's loss to the Kings. Datsyuk got the secondary assist on both first-period goals, but the Wings weren't able to find the net again for the rest of the night as they fell 4-2. The 37-year-old has tallied five assists in his last five games, but has had trouble finding the back of the net himself to the tune of a 8.1% shooting percentage, by far the lowest of his career.
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