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Datsyuk and Bertuzzi miss practice

Gilbert Brule, Todd Bertuzzi

Edmonton Oilers center Gilbert Brule (67) and Detroit Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi (44) battle for the puck near centre ice during second-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Jimmy Jeong)


Both Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi missed practice today yet both are expected to play in Tuesday’s game against the Calgary Flames. Datsyuk is only dealing with flu-like symptoms (although Ansar Khan also reports that the Russian forward took a shot off his foot). Bertuzzi was spotted clearly grimacing in pain during Sunday’s Detroit-Chicago game but apparently the problem was just a charley horse.

The Red Wings have every reason to hope that both forwards will be active against the Flames. Calgary is currently the biggest threat to Detroit’s hold on the 8th spot in the West with only one point separating the two teams (they both have played 65 games so far this year). The Red Wings will host the Flames at Joe Louis Arena at 7:30 pm ET tomorrow.