Wings' Datsyuk doesn't skate; status iffy

Updated: May 21, 2009, 6:33 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Hart Trophy candidate Pavel Datsyuk is a question mark for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals Friday.

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Datsyuk didn't practice Thursday.

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said Thursday that the star center was day to day.

"At this time of year there's lots of players that don't skate," Babcock said. "He got hit with a shot last game in the foot. I don't think we're hiding anything there. Something [similar] happened to [Jonathan] Ericsson last series and he was able to find a way to play. They had to freeze him up to get him going. So we'll see what happens here. The good thing about it is that coaches don't make those decisions, doctors do."

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.