Pavel Datsyuk is expected to make his Red Wings season debut Friday versus San Jose.
“I believe 13 is playing tomorrow,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said today.
The Wings went an acceptable 8-6-1 in Datsyuk’s absence, but they required excellent goaltending to do it. Detroit has been outshot by an average of 32.4 to 25.3, the worst differential in the league.
We’ll see tomorrow if one of the greatest two-way forwards in NHL history can do anything about that.