We had to see it coming–we just hoped it wouldn’t be Pavel…
After last year’s disaster of injuries the Wings had managed to stay healthy all season–besides the hurt hand to veteran winger Mike Modano.
We could probably all feel an injury coming, although hoping it wouldn’t happen.
In a season where the Wings have been the most dominant team in the West–and maybe even the entire NHL–they were getting Hart Trophy like seasons from multiple players. Leading that list was team point leader Pavel Datsyuk.
Datsyuk is regarded around the league as the top two-way forward in the game, his point production combined with his defensive skill is unmatched by any other player in the league.
Sadly, the first place Wings will now be without that production for roughly four weeks as Datsyuk recovers from a broken hand suffered in the first period of Wednesday night’s game against Vancouver.
This is a huge blow for sure, however the Red Wings are a very deep team and should be able to maintain speed without Pavel. Expect increased production from Henrik Zetterberg–who is having a great season of his own–and this could finally be the chance forwards Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom needed to really get rolling.
Could it be a blessing in disguise? Probably not, but it could help get some of the players back on track.
Only time will tell, please get well soon Pavel.