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Detroit Red Wings defenseman to miss Saturday’s game, and possibly longer

After a fluke collision with New York Ranger’s forward Paul Carey in the Detroit Red Wings’ 2-1 OT loss, it looks like defenseman Trevor Daley took a worse spill than originally thought. It was announced Saturday by general manager Ken Holland that Daley would miss at least Saturday’s tilt against the New Jersey Devils, and possibly longer pending test results.

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This means that Detroit will roll with 12 forwards again for the first time in a while. They’ve been sticking with a roster of 11 forwards and 7 defenseman lately, but with Daley out, Xavier Ouellet cycles back into the defense corps, and it allows David Booth to rotate back into the lineup. Booth has only played in 5 games this season so far, his last being November 15 against the Calgary Flames.

In 23 games played for the Red Wings this season, Daley has tallied a single assist, 10 penalty minutes and is a minus-4 on the year.

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ON THIS DAY: Pavel Datsyuk pots his 300th career goal vs. Bruins

It probably goes without saying that Pavel Datsyuk is a once-in-a-generation player. No, he never put up Ovechkin or Stamkos-like goal numbers; but his hands were almost second to none, and his 2-way play made him one of the hardest players to oppose in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings are well into their second season of the Datsyuk-less era, and at this point they probably wish those hands were still making filthy moves on the ice for them.

Two years ago today, Datsyuk reached an impressive career milestone. In a game at home against the Boston Bruins, he deked out the Bruins’ defense and netted his 300th career goal.

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