Red Wings’ Datsyuk could be ready by weekend

In just eight games this season, Pavel Datsyuk has five goals and five assists.

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

DETROIT — The Red Wings don’t play another game until Friday night, which might work in their favor when it comes to Pavel Datsyuk.

Datsyuk was a late scratch for Friday’s game against the New Jersey Devils because of a sore groin.

He also missed Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But Datsyuk was able to practice with the team Monday and the extra time might be enough.

"It’s hard to say when I’ll be back, but I feel good today," Datsyuk said. "I didn’t skate full, but at least I can skate now.

"Day off (Tuesday) and we’ll see what happens on Wednesday. I hope to be ready next game."

Datsyuk said he felt it a little bit on the road trip.

"It happened so fast in practice," Datsyuk said. "Maybe it was a good decision I go away. Hope it helps me in the future too."

In just eight games this season, Datsyuk has five goals and five assists.

"He means so much to this team," Gustav Nyquist said. "Obviously he’s such a great player. Anytime you can have him in the lineup, it’s a big boost for us. Hopefully he’ll be ready for next game."

Assistant coach Tony Granato ran practice as Mike Babcock took a personal day and he was encouraged by seeing Datsyuk in practice.

"He skated well, stayed on the ice all the way through and did a lot of stuff after, so I hope he felt really good," Granato said. "As long as there’s no setback I think he’ll be ready for this weekend."

The Wings welcome longtime rival Chicago on Friday and the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.