Conklin In, Datsyuk Out
Jimmy Howard has 99 wins in his young career, but tonight he won't get a chance to get to triple digits. Reports have Ty Conklin making his second consecutive start for the Red Wings tonight against the New York Islanders.
Conklin stole the show in a 3-2 overtime win against the Blackhawks in Chicago. He stopped Jimmy Hayes on a penalty shot after allowing two early goals and shut the door the rest of the way, paving the road for Pavel Datsyuk's overtime winner.
Datsyuk will not be in the line-up tonight because of a lower body injury. Ken Holland said that the injury is "not serious." Fox's John Keating reports the injury as a groin strain sustained on an open ice hit in the Chicago game. Ultimately Datsyuk finished the game, so it's probably just a maintenance day.
Even Datsyuk was joking about it, "Secret information. KGB (Russia's FBI) tell me, don't tell nobody."
Clearly Datsyuk is not seriously hurt, and hopes it will "be only one game."
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