Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk, recently chosen as the toughest to play against in a Hockey Night in Canada/NHLPA player poll, is expected to miss two to three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Datsyuk had fragments from his right knee removed Tuesday morning at the Detroit Medical Centre, according to the team. The 33-year-old Russian leads the Wings in scoring with 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) this season.
The Red Wings play the Blackhawks in Chicago Tuesday night.
Datsyuk won’t be the only star missing from that Original 6 matchup. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews will miss the Detroit game and is listed as day-to-day with an "upper-body injury."
In the annual Hockey Night in Canada/NHLPA player poll released this past weekend, Datsyuk was voted in the top spot in six different categories by his peers, including the smartest player, hardest to take the puck from and best role model.
The Red Wings sit atop the NHL standings (41-17-2) and have set a single-season record for most consecutive wins on home ice at 23 and counting.