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Detroit Hopes Datsyuk’s Return Sparks Club

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DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 23:  Jaroslav Halak #41 of the St. Louis Blues scoops the puck out of the net as Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his second period goal with teammates Jonathan Ericsson #52 and Pavel Datsyuk #13 during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 23: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the St. Louis Blues scoops the puck out of the net as Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his second period goal with teammates Jonathan Ericsson #52 and Pavel Datsyuk #13 during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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The Red Wings don’t expect Pavel Datsyuk to step into the lineup after missing three weeks and immediately return to his superstar form.

It will take a few games for him to get comfortable following his Feb. 21 arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. But the Wings expect to see an immediate improvement in the players around him.

Datsyuk was back in action Saturday in San Jose. He made his presence felt by scoring a slick goal at 18:46 of the first period to get his team on the scoreboard. The Wings, however, lost 3-2 in overtime.

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