Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk said Tuesday he's not feeling any better than he was before he headed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)
Detroit — Pavel Datsyuk wasn’t feeling great before the Olympics began.
And, evidently, he’s still not.
Datsyuk, bothered with what’s believed to be a knee injury, said he’s not feeling any better despite playing in all four Olympic games for his home country, Russia, over the past two weeks.
And, he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play tonight in Montreal.
“I’m hoping one day the pain (would go away),” Datsyuk said Tuesday after his first workout with the Red Wings since the Olympics ended. “Now, it’s still the same.”
Coach Mike Babcock, who led Canada to the gold medal, also wasn’t sure about Datsyuk’s availability tonight.
The Red Wings had their entire roster on the ice except for the Swedes — Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall, Gusav Nyquist and Jonathan Ericsson — and Henrik Zetterberg.
Sweden played Canada in the final last weekend, so those players rested, and Zetterberg is recovering from back surgery.
The loss of Zetterberg, likely for the remainder of the season, is the worst. “It hurts a lot,” Datsyuk said. “You’re missing the captain. He’s a leader. It’s a big miss. We need to stick together.”
The Red Wings will be without forward Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) and defenseman Jakub Kindl (knee sprain) tonight and Thursday against the Senators.
“I’m feeling good and having no setbacks,” Weiss said. “It’s a matter of getting your conditioning and your legs to where they need to be to play in a game this time of year.”
The Red Wings recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from Grand Rapids to take Kindl’s spot on the roster.
Sproul has 24 points (eight goals) in 53 games for Grand Rapids.
... Forward Johan Franzen (concussion) has been cleared to play, but the Red Wings will wait and see how he feels after the morning skate.
“It’s probably just the history of having come back and stuff like that,” Franzen said of the team being cautious. “Let’s get this last practice in and we’ll decide after.”
Babcock had nothing but positive things to say about Sochi.
“Home run,” Babcock said. “The Russian people were fantastic, the place was beautiful, and the event was well-run. Classy, classy place.
“It’s interesting the message that was sent by the media prior, and what was reality. Night and day different.”