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Report: Datsyuk (lower-body ache) to be evaluated before Red Wings host Blues

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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 07: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 7, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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For a second consecutive game, the Detroit Red Wings, playing the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, were without veteran forward Pavel Datsyuk.

He did not make the trip to Florida, as per the Detroit Free Press, with head coach Mike Babcock saying Datsyuk had a lower-body ache.

The Red Wings return back to Detroit, where they will host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. It remains to be seen if Datsyuk, who has 58 points in 57 games, will be in the lineup for that tilt.

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