Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Forward Pavel Datsyuk will return to the Detroit Red Wings' lineup for Friday's game against the rival Chicago Blackhawks after missing the previous two games with a groin injury.
Datsyuk's status was determined after the morning skate. He suffered the groin injury during last Friday's morning skate and sat out games against the New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning.
After missing the first five games of the season with a shoulder injury suffered in Detroit's first preseason game, the 36-year-old Datsyuk has accumulated five goals and five assists in eight games with a minus-1 rating.
Datsyuk is coming off a 2013-14 season that saw him play only 45 games because of a knee injury and concussion issues.