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Datsyuk, who has missed three games because of a foot injury, said after the morning skate Saturday he expected to be a game-time decision, but minutes later Detroit coach Mike Babcock said his star center would be unavailable.

“When he first gets on the ice, especially in the morning, he’s really stiff to get his foot going. It takes him a bit to get going,” Babcock said. “Now we haven’t tested it in a game-time situation where you get there and you get warmed up and you do all that stuff yet. We’ve tried a number of things, and it hasn’t responded the way we first anticipated.”