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Pavel Datsyuk To Return For Wings Friday


Detroit will get a big boost in its quest for a playoff spot on Friday as Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 27.

Hobbled all year with a nagging knee injury he missed 14 games with it earlier in the season Datsyuk will return from a 16-game absence to center a line with Darren Helm (who will move to wing) and Justin Abdelkader when the Red Wings host the Sabres tomorrow.

Needless to say, Datsyuks return is huge. The 35-year-old has remained highly productive this season despite the knee injury, scoring 33 points in 39 games while averaging over 20 minutes per night.

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports


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