Red Wings injuries could force first play-off miss in 22 years

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The Detroit Red Wings have had a turbulent season with injuries this NHL campaign and now Pavel Datsyuk has joined that lengthy list.

Datsyuk has suffered a knee injury that is set to keep him out of the line-up for at least three weeks.

It's understood that the Red Wings will simply shutdown the center in a bid to let him recover as quickly as possible from the injury.

Per the official Twitter feed of Detroit Red Wings today.

"The #RedWings are shutting down Pavel Datsyuk for about 3 weeks."

They also went on to quote their GM Ken Holland on the matter.

"Right now, there's no surgery for Pavel…we're gonna shut him down and see where we're at in 3 weeks." - Ken Holland.

Datsyuk has been a fine performer for the Red Wings this season, with 33 points in the 39 games he has played.

However, to miss 22 games shows the fragile state of his body at this time.

The timing of the injury isn't great for a Detroit side that are struggling this season.

Captain Henrik Zetterberg, goaltender Jimmy Howard, right wing Johan Franzen and center Pavel Datsyuk have all missed significant time with various injuries this year also. 

These injuries have taken their toll and it's possible that the Red Wings may miss out on the play-offs for the first time in 22 years, as they currently sit ninth in the Eastern Conference.

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