Wings injured goalie Jonas Gustavsson stays positive

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — It's been a frustrating season for goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.

He has been limited to seven games because of a shoulder separation followed by concussion symptoms.

But he hasn't let the setbacks deter his enthusiasm.

"If you feel sorry for yourself, that's not going to help you," said Gustavsson, who returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since March 8.

"You have to find ways to try to prevent stuff from happening, but if stuff happens you have to stay positive and look forward and be a good guy in the locker room, and that's what I've been trying to do."

What's made this struggle more aggravating is the fact both injuries occurred during a game rather than at practice (previous groin pulls).

"I feel like they've been fluky injuries and that's just part of hockey," Gustavsson said. "The main thing is how you handle yourself when it happens and how you move on."

Gustavsson believes Tuesday's workout was "a big step forward," and he's hopeful to return before the end of the regular season.

"My goal is to be back quick as possible," Gustavsson said. "As long as I feel good, I can keep taking the next step."

Larkin decision awaited

The Red Wings will know within the next couple of weeks whether forward Dylan Larkin will turn pro or return to Michigan.

Larkin, the Big Ten freshman of the year, had 47 points (15 goals) in 35 games.

The Red Wings drafted Larkin (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) in the first round (15th overall) in 2014.

Ice chips

Center Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) took part in the morning skate but missed his fourth consecutive game. He likely will take part in practice today and could be available Thursday against the Sharks.

… Besides the Red Wings and Coyotes, the Sharks were at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

San Jose played in Ottawa on Monday and had the day off Tuesday.

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