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Detroit says Datsyuk will miss start of NHL

September 25, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Russian star center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the start of the NHL because of a separated right shoulder.

Datsyuk will miss 4-5 weeks, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

The 36-year-old Datsyuk was injured in the Red Wings’ exhibition opener at Pittsburgh on Monday when he was checked into the glass by defenseman Rob Scuderi.

The Red Wings open the season on Oct. 9 against Boston.

“The good news is that there’s two weeks to go before the regular season starts,” Holland said. “He’ll have two weeks of healing under his belt.”

Datsyuk missed 37 games in 2013-14, 30 from a knee injury and seven with a concussion. He still managed 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games.

Datsyuk, who helped Detroit win two Stanley Cups, is a three-time Selke Trophy winner and four-time Lady Byng Trophy honoree.

But the Red Wings are deep at center. Captain Henrik Zetterberg, who sometimes plays on the same line with Datsyuk, is healthy after missing half of last season because of back surgery. Stephen Weiss — who had a lost season in 2013-14 and underwent sports hernia surgery — seems healthy and looks to return to his previous form. He’s penciled in as the second-line center.

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