Datsyuk to sit out Game 3
Pavel Datsyuk was absent from the Detroit Red Wings' Friday morning practice, and it was confirmed during the pre-game skate that the Hart Trophy candidate will be out for Game 3 of the Western Conference final against the Chicago Blackhawks.
His absence Friday night comes after he was struck in the foot with a puck during Tuesday's Game 2.
"He's not skating right now. We'll decide here tonight," Babcock told NHL.com prior to game time.
Babcock said while the Red Wings could be down one "weapon," Datsyuk's absence would give other players a chance to impress.
A likely replacement on his line could be 25-year-old Valterri Filppula, who would join the top unit with Marian Hossa and Tomas Holmstrom.
Datsyuk had 97 points in the regular season — collecting 32 goals and 65 assists. He's had only seven points in 13 playoff games, including one goal.
Detroit leads the series 2-0.
With files from The Associated Press