: Injury Report:
Datsyuk out 2 weeks (knee surgery)
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02-21-2012, 02:05 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
This would explain why Pav has been falling down so much recently and why he's also looked noticeably weaker on the puck (obviously still strong and well above NHL average) the last month or so.
Again, better now than later with a comfortable cushion in the standings and the playoffs a few months away. Also, it really does give other players a chance to get more minutes and perhaps find or develop their game a little, which is never a bad thing. Z's looked good the last few games, and now could be his chance to really step up his game leading into the home stretch.
Obviously, losing your best player hurts and this team, historically, has always missed Pavel more than other teams miss their star players, usually playing at a ~20 lower point pace without him compared to when he's in the lineup, which is astronomically large and, like I said, greater than the difference for other teams with their star player out.
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