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Pavel Datsyuk misses practice as sore groin returns

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit – Just as quickly as Pavel Datsyuk returned to the lineup, he might be gone.

Datsyuk stayed off the ice Monday because of the same groin issues that caused him to miss two games before returning Friday.

Datsyuk played the two games over the weekend, had an assist in the victory Friday over Chicago and played over 20 minutes Sunday against Montreal, but spent Monday in the training room getting treatment.

"He's getting checked out," coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't know what the word is."

Babcock said Datsyuk will accompany the Red Wings to Tuesday's game in Columbus but whether Datsyuk will play against the Blue Jackets was uncertain.

Datsyuk missed half of last season with a knee injury and he's gotten off to an injury-marred start this season.

A separated shoulder in the first exhibition game in September delayed Datsyuk's start to the regular season. In all, Datsyuk has missed seven of the Red Wings' 17 games. But in those 10 games he's played, Datsyuk has 11 points (five goals, six assists).

Without Datsyuk on the ice, Babcock altered the lines at practice.

Justin Abdelkader was shifted to a line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar, while Tomas Jurco was put on a line with Daniel Cleary and Darren Helm.

Henrik Zetterberg's line (with Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen) and Luke Glendening's line (with Drew Miller and Joakim Andersson) remained the same.

'We were no good'

The Red Wings (8-4-5, 21 points) head into Columbus (6-10-1, 13 points) hoping to wipe clean the disappointment of Sunday's 4-1 loss to Montreal.

"We were all disappointed," said Jimmy Howard, who'll get the start in Columbus.

Said Babcock: "We were no good. You have to be prepared and compete and we didn't do neither. That's on me. When the team doesn't compete hard enough, or isn't prepared, you have to look at yourself as a coach.

"Right now we're hit-and-miss and that's not good enough for the group we have. We need more out of some guys and I've challenged them individually and collectively, and that's what we'll look for.

"We have to decide what we want to do. It's not Columbus, or Chicago or Montreal. It's about us and we have to make a decision."

Keep shooting

There were many reasons for the Red Wings' losing Sunday but one factor was the power play.

After scoring two power-play goals in three consecutive games, the unit was shut out Friday, then went 1-for-6 against Montreal, including three opportunities in the second period that went nowhere while the Canadiens were taking control of the game.

The Red Wings felt they weren't aggressive enough.

"You have to keep shooting and get pucks to the net," Abdelkader said. "That's what they were doing and they were successful at it. We have to shoot, create scrums and get second opportunities."

Ice chips

Stephen Weiss (groin) will play a conditioning game Friday in Grand Rapids.

… The Blue Jackets set a franchise record Saturday by scoring on the power play for an eighth consecutive game. They ranked fourth in the NHL (24.6 percent).

… Columbus is getting a dose of what the Red Wings encountered last season. The Blue Jackets have seven players on the injured list and have lost 118 man games to injury.

Red Wings at Blue Jackets

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1-FM

Notable: This will be the Red Wings' only trip this season to Columbus; the Blue Jackets used to be a division rival. … The Blue Jackets have been hit hard by injuries but have won two consecutive games. … C Ryan Johansen (six goals, 20 points) has been a force but could miss Tuesday's game because of an undisclosed injury.

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