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Datsyuk's return getting closer

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--Pavel Datsyuk skated hard for the third day in a row, but missed his 11th consecutive game while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Feb. 21. He said he is not sure if he will return Saturday in San Jose. "I'm skating every day better and better, but it's hard to say," Datsyuk said. He said the knee does not feel sore after skating. The Wings are 3-7-1 without Datsyuk.

--Wings defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart favor the proposed hybrid icing rule that the NHL might implement next season, whereby icing is determined by which player wins the race to the faceoff dot, rather than having to touch the puck. It would eliminate the possibility of players colliding into one another or crashing into the boards.

"I think that would be a good change, and I think most of the D-men would say the same thing," Kronwall said.

--The Wings' power play continues to falter. It went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Ducks and has failed to convert in a season-high seven games in a row -- 28 consecutive chances dating back to Feb. 28.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We had a few turnovers in the second period and it seemed like every turnover ended up in the back of the net. They got some good players. They throw a lot of pucks at the net and get a lot of traffic." -- Wings goaltender Joey MacDonald.

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