Superstar Pavel Datsyuk as well as Johan Franzen both sat out with injuries.
Datsyuk wasn’t in the lineup due to a nagging upper-body injury. General Manager Ken Holland is listing the 34-year old as day-to-day. Meanwhile, Franzen is still dealing with a sore hip flexor. Friday night was his second consecutive missed contest. He too, has been listed as day-to-day.
Obviously, this team cannot afford to lose players of this caliber. Datsyuk, is obviously incredibly skilled with the puck, making him a threat to score every time the puck is on his stick. However, the more important aspect of his game is his smart, two-way play. He has one of the brightest hockey minds in all of hockey, seeing the ice as well as anyone. Franzen, on the other hand is a big, physical presence who can annoy opposing goaltenders out in front.
The severity of these injuries remains unclear and until it is, it’ll be difficult to determine what exactly is bothering them. As of right now, consider them questionable for Sunday’s tilt.
Having now lost back-to-back games, this isn’t exactly the greatest time for significant injuries like this. Two of their next four games are crucial ones against their division rivals, the Nashville Predators.
Detroit is already without veteran Todd Bertuzzi and Darren Helm due to back injuries and aren’t relatively close to returning to action. Not a bad time for young Damien Brunner to play an even larger role, no?