This is the shortest injury report we have done this season because for the first time most of the Red Wings’ players are healthy.
During the Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks game on Monday, Jonas Gustavsson left the game during the First Period intermission due to dizziness. After the game it was reported that he was feeling fine and that the Red Wings would not recall Petr Mrazek.
On offense, Stephen Weiss has practiced, but his return date has not changed. He is aiming to return on Feb. 26th against the Montreal Canadiens, which give him a lot of time to practice and get healthy before he makes his triumphant return to the ice. He could see sometime in Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint, like Darren Helm did earlier this season.
Johan Franzen is still out with a cocncussion and there is no telling when he could rejoin the Red Wings line-up. Franzen pulled out of the Olympics, which was a very smart move, and will have about three weeks to recover before the first game after the Sochi break.
But the big news coming out today is Pavel Datsyuk could play for the Red Wings on Thursday against the Florida Panthers.
Ken Holland said, barring a setback, Pavel Datsyuk will return Thursday in Florida. He’ll decide after the morning skate on Thursday.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 4, 2014
I would prefer Datsyuk not to play before the Olympic break, but if he is healthy and ready to play then no one would turn him down. The Red Wings are better with him in the line-up then without him, despite how well the young guns on the second line have played.
The return of Datsyuk means the Red Wings will have to open a roster spot by sending someone down to Grand Rapids. Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan, and Luke Glendening can all be sent down to the AHL without having to clear waivers and out of those three it will most likely be Luke Glendening.