Pavel Datsyuk hopes to return Thursday

Published On: Feb 05 2014 05:20:26 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 05 2014 08:12:28 PM EST

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Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk celebrates his second period goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013


Pavel Datsyuk is hoping to return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup for Thursday night's game against the Florida Panthers, according to the team.

Datsyuk has missed the past 14 games with a leg injury. The Red Wings say he will make a decision on whether to return for the Panthers game after Thursday's morning skate.

In 35 games this season, Datsyuk has 15 goals and 32 points.

He is the captain of Russia's Olympic team.


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