Datsyuk tweets he will be back for Friday's game against Sabres

Red Wings forward has been out of lineup since Feb. 27 with knee injury

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr. - Digital Managing Editor
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Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson celebrates his assist on a goal with teammates Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Ericsson during a game against the Calgary Flames on Dec. 19, 2013, in Detroit.

DETROIT - Pavel Datsyuk will be in the lineup Friday when the Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres, according to his tweet Thursday afternoon.

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The 35-year-old Russian forward has been out of Detroit's lineup since Feb. 27 with a knee injury. In 39 games this season, Datsyuk has notched 15 goals and 18 assists.

Meanwhile, captain Henrik Zetterberg remains out of the lineup after undergoing back surgery. He said he hopes to be back for the playoffs. It's likely we won't see him unless the Wings make a deep push into the postseason.

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The Red Wings took down the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, 3-2, in Detroit. They host the Sabres at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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