Archive for pavel datsyuk

Datsyukian Deke

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2011 by davepoleck

Pavel Datsyuk put on a legendary performance during today’s afternoon Game 2 against Phoenix. With Henrik Zetterberg out of the lineup and Johan Franzen injured early in the first, Datsyuk literally took control of the game. His first period was capped off by the play above on definite Norris Trophy nominee, Keith Yandle. He could have easily had six or seven points by mid way through the second period if some of the Wings could have capitalized.

Here are his stats from this amazing effort:

1 Goal
3 Assists
+ 2
4 SOG
3 Blocked Shots
3 Takeaways
16-4 on Faceoffs
21:42 TOI (including 1:19 on the PK)

Advertisements

LW Status!!

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2010 by davepoleck

Holy crap! Yahoo is actually paying attention this year. After years of being weeks and months behind in updating positional status in the hockey pool (or just not even updating them at all), Yahoo has updated two highly ranked players in the NHL.

Pavel Datsyuk has only been playing wing on and off for Detroit for about two seasons now, so it comes as a huge surprise to see that he now has left wing status. Jeff Carter, on the other hand, has been shifted to the wing on occassion this year because of the emergence of Claude Giroux and the preference of Daniel Briere to stick to centre. He now has right wing eligibility.

SI’s Best #13

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2010 by davepoleck

So I posted a poll on a site I go to reflecting who was the best #13 of all time in the NHL; Pavel Datsyuk, Mats Sundin or Teemu Selanne. I was shocked when I logged back on tonight and saw that the totals were as follows: Continue reading

SI’s Greatest Players By Jersey Number

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by davepoleck

Sports Illustrated has released their Greatest NHL Players by Jersey Numbers done by Allan Muir. I have a CBC book on this and I’m pretty sure it’s done by Greg Millen, but there are a bunch of holes because the Leafs didn’t have players at a bunch of numbers.

There are some pretty tough calls throughout the list especially  #19, and some bad choices like choosing Jason Allison over Ray Whitney at #41, but no question in mind does Datsyuk belong at #13 over Mats Sundin.

But hey at least this proves SI pays some attention right?

Getting Closer…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by davepoleck

Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary are targeting a Thursday return after both missing almost a month. They are part of the laundry list of guys who are slowly getting healthy for the Wings. Valetteri Filppula finally returned on Boxing Day after being out since late October. They are still waiting for Ericsson, Williams, Kronwall and Franzen. They also have solid defenseman Andreas Lilja on the long term injured reserve with prevailing concussion symptoms.

It has been a rough year for the Wings so far; but I definitely find it encouraging that even with all of the key injuries, they still sit in 9th place in the West, with a game in hand of most teams ahead of them. Odds would say that the return of 4-7 key players will improve a team’s play and record. So with that said, I am pretty sure they will be continuing their consecutive playoff appearances streak alive.

What might be more interesting is what happens to the lines with all the returning players. They have been relying on players who were put into roles that were not expected of them at the beginning of the season; Justin Abdelkader, Derek Meech, Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves have all been put in to big game situations when they expected to either sit in the press box or play in Grand Rapids. Even Kris Draper has chipped in with timely scoring.

Another big development has been the exceptional play of Todd Bertuzzi and his chemistry with Pavel Datsyuk. Franzen, who was slated to play with Pavel at the beginning of the season, won’t be back until after the Olympics, so I think Bertuzzi will still get his time to shine. Once he returns, it could once again leave the Wings with three solid scoring lines:

Bertuzzi-Datsyuk-Holmstrom

Cleary-Zetterberg-Franzen

Williams-Filppula-Eaves

The return of these players is always going to be a huge boost to struggling Pavel Datsyuk. He has been overwhelmed by the top D of other times over the past month, because after him, the Wings haven’t had much scoring. But this guy is definitely still one of the best players in the League. Last night he had Niedermayer draped all over him the entire game until on the goal that he started. He entered the Ducks’ zone, taking three players with him and dished to Homer, who gave it back to Pavel at the top of the circle. Four Ducks’ players all went straight towards him; he slid it through their feet to the point, shot, rebound, goal. It is those types of plays that I am used to seeing from Pavel Datsyuk. They are going to start happening more and more in the coming weeks.