Pavel Datsyuk to return to Red Wings' lineup on Thursday

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Pavel Datsyuk will be back in the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

After missing more than a month with a knee injury, Pavel Datsyuk will be returning to the Detroit Red Wings lineup on Thursday night when the team visits the Florida Panthers.

Datsyuk hasn't appeared in a game for the Red Wings since the Winter Classic on New Year's Day and has sat out 14 straight games, a stretch that has seen the Red Wings go 7-5-2 and barely hang on to the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Even though he's remained out of the lineup he has been practicing with the team this week.

In 35 games this season Datsyuk has scored 15 goals to go with 17 assists.

Detroit has two games remaining before the Olympic break, including its game on Thursday in Florida, and a game on Saturday in Tampa Bay.

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