By Mike Harrington
The Detroit Red Wings will be without their top goal scorer for today's 5 p.m. meeting with the Sabres in First Niagara Center as Pavel Datsyuk was left home with a possible concussion after taking an elbow to the head late in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Ottawa.
Datsyuk has a team-leading 12 goals and is second on the team in scoring with 23 points. The three-time Selke Award winner and four-time recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy was hit by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen with 7:48 to play, a clear elbow that television replays caught but neither official did.
Although no penalty was called on the play, Cowen is almost certain to hear from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan about the play. Check it out here (it's near the top of the screen on the live run).
With Datsyuk out, Detroit general manager Ken Holland said early this morning before boarding the team plane to Buffalo that veteran Daniel Alfredsson will now return to the Detroit lineup. Alfredsson has missed the last five games with a groin pull. He has 42 goals and 84 points in 90 games against Buffalo, with the goal total tied with Jaromir Jagr for the most all-time vs. the Sabres and Alfredsson's most against any team.
Forward Todd Bertuzzi (back) also stayed home and will not play today. The Red Wings are also missing young defense star Danny DeKeyser, who suffered a shoulder injury last week.
The Wings have been a big disappointment of late, going just 1-3-5 in their last nine games and 10-7-7 overall. This will be their third game in four nights.
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