Pavel Datsyuk returns to the Detroit lineup tonight as the Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks. Datsyuk has missed all 15 games this season recovering from offseason ankle surgery. He’ll slot in on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and – fresh off his seven year contract extension – Justin Abdelkader. The full forward lines are as follows:
Abdelkader – Zetterberg – Datsyuk
Tomas Tatar- Dylan Larkin – Gustav Nyquist
Riley Sheahan – Andreas Athanasiou – Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Darren Helm
Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for the Red Wings against Martin Jones.
Stupid stat of the day: This is Detroit’s ninth Friday the 13th game all-time. The Red Wings are 4-3-1 in the previous eight.
Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.