Datsyuk undergoes knee surgery; Conklin earns start in Grand Rapids

Center Pavel Datsyuk leads the Red Wings with 59 points this season. Photo Credit: AP

The Red Wings will be without their leading scorer for a while.

Center Pavel Datsyuk underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday morning and Coach Mike Babcock said he expects he will be out two weeks.

“He had a fragment in his knee, an old thing that we wanted to clean up here, prior to playoff time,” Babcock said.

The center has recorded 59 points in as many games this season.

He is expected to be replaced by Dan Cleary Tuesday, who has been sidelined almost two weeks with a knee injury.

Datsyuk won’t be the only star held out of Tuesday’s matchup between the Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is expected to miss the contest with an upper-body injury.

Conklin to Grand Rapids

Goaltender Ty Conklin wasn’t claimed Tuesday and has been sent down to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL.

He will get the start immediately for a Grand Rapids team that has lost five of its last seven games.

The Wings made the decision to waive Conklin as Jimmy Howard reclaimed the starting spot in net and Joey MacDonald proved his worth as an NHL backup recently.

Howard is scheduled to start Tuesday night when the Red Wings travel to Chicago.

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