Pavel Datsyuk is showing that at the age of 35, he still can be an extremely dangerous scorer for the Detroit Red Wings.
But as far as the Red Wings are concerned, Datsyuk needs to have one of his best NHL scoring seasons ever. Detroit isn’t getting much scoring from anyone else. When Datsyuk scored two goals on a wrist shot and backhand shot against the Winnipeg Jets in a 3-2 shootout loss on Tuesday night, it was a beautiful sight for coach Mike Babcock and Red Wing fans. Right now, they need goals from anybody and don’t care who it is.
Datsyuk obviously realizes how badly his team is starving for goals, so he’s certainly going to try to accommodate his team as much as possible. Datsyuk has usually been a reliable scorer for the Red Wings going all the way back to his rookie campaign in the 2001-02 season. The Wings would love to see him emulate his 2007-08 campaign when he had 31 goals and 66 assists in 82 games.
With nine goals and 11 assists this season, Datsyuk continues to show a knack for not only putting the puck in the net, but also setting up his teammates with timely passing. They obviously need him to keep clicking on both fronts. He continues to put just as many shots on net as anyone else on the team and shows that even at age 35, he can still be a very aggressive player.
He shows no signs of slowing down and needs to continue the scoring pace that he showed Tuesday night if the Red Wings offense is going to gain any momentum in future games.