Winter Classic: Injuries Affect Leafs and Red Wings

Pavel Datsyuk, Dion Phaneuf, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winter Classic, Graig Abel, Getty Images

Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk was a key asset for the team to have in Ann Arbor. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

Two teams – dealing with some key injuries to their squads – were set to face off in arguably the biggest regular season game of the year. Toronto was battling down the middle, trying to find a centre that could stick in the absence of Dave Bolland. 

The Detroit Red Wings, on the other hand, got captain Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk back into the lineup just in time for the Winter Classic. Both had played well leading up to the big game, but you could sense some rust in their game.

For a further look into how injuries affected the Maple Leafs and Red Wings in the Winter Classic, check out the full story.

Who’s Down and Who’s Out at the Winter Classic – Originally published on The Hockey Writers

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