Pavel Datsyuk going through concussion protocol, stays in Detroit

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When the Detroit Red Wings visit the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, they're going to be without all-world centerman Pavel Datsyuk. In fact, they might be without their star longer than that.

In Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Senators back in Detroit, Datsyuk was on the receiving end of an elbow to the jaw from Sens defenseman Jared Cowen. He went down in a heap on the ice and now the Red Wings are doing their due diligence and going through the whole routine after such a hit. That of course involves leaving Datsyuk back in Detroit while the team hits the road.

"He was not feeling right," GM Ken Holland said of Datsyuk (via Detroit Free-Press). "We're going through concussion protocol. We'll see how it goes, see how he feels on Tuesday.

"This isn't a black-and-white injury."

Oh no, the dreaded C word and to an elite player no less. Hopefully this is a situation of the Wings being overly cautious and that Datsyuk will be alright and can get back on the ice soon. There are few players more exciting in the game to watch.

For what it's worth, Datsyuk tweeted a message out to fans on Sunday saying that he's doing well.

Meanwhile, there is also plenty of focus on the elbow to the jaw from Cowen. It was a completely unnecessary hit and pretty much a text-book example of the type of shot that the league is always talking about eradicating from the game for this very reason; it's dangerous.

The hit was missed on the ice as no call was made and it doesn't appear the league will hold a hearing with Cowen either.

I am a bit surprised this one is going to escape any form of punishment all together but maybe the Wings, who don't have a lot of punch in their game, when they meet again.

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