Two big stories out of practice today. The good news- Datsyuk will play tomorrow night against the Sharks. The bad news- Franzen left practice early with back spasms and, though it isn't confirmed, probably won't play tomorrow.
The Wings can't seem to make up any ground in their battle against injuries. Regardless, I'm remaining optimistic that everyone will be back and healthy with four or five games left in the regular season, plenty of time to rediscover their rhythm in preparation for the playoffs.
The unfortunate truth is that they'll likely be getting their rhythm back in preparation for a round one matchup with Nashville, a matchup which I highly doubt any Wings fan wants to see, unless...is it possible for a goalie to be suspended for a hit to the head? I swear I've seen Rinne do it to Holmstrom, and I'd feel a lot better about that series if he was in the press box for a couple of games. Anyways, on to the updates....
Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk to return again Sharks; Johan Franzen hurting per Free Press
St. James' practice post. Essentially everything I wrote in the first paragraph, but with some quotes from Pavel and Babs.
Red Wings practice day news; Datsyuk will return on Saturday, but Franzen doubtful w/ back spasms per The Malik Report
All other relevant quotes and articles can be found here, because that's what TMR does.