Datsyuk is expected to miss up to 4 weeks with a second-degree separation in his right shoulder. The Russian star played in just 47 games last season due to numerous knee problems. This is the last thing Detroit wants to see after battling injuries all last season. Only 2 players played all 82 games last season, with Datsyuk and Zetterberg appearing together 29 times.
The Red Wings are in the better of the 2 divisions in the Eastern Conference. The Wings, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Canadiens, and Lightning are all expected to contend for playoff spots this season. This will bring good competition to Joe Louis Arena all season long.
Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the first 2 weeks of the regular season. In those 2 weeks the Red Wings will play the Bruins twice, the Maple Leafs twice, and the Ducks, Canadiens, and Penguins once. Not really the definition of a laid back start to the season.