Datsyuk not on ice as Russia begins Olympic practice

The Canadian Press

2/10/2014 12:05:56 PM

SOCHI, Russia -- The Russians are practicing for the first time since NHL players arrived for the Olympics, and captain Pavel Datsyuk is the only skater not on the ice.

An injury recently kept Datsyuk out of the Detroit Red Wings' lineup for more than a month.

The star forward posed for a team picture Monday in full uniform before skating off the ice.

"I don't think it's a serious problem, dangerous. I think he's going to be okay," said Russian coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.

Datsyuk was in Detroit's last two games before the Olympic break, playing less than he usually does. It was the first time he played since the Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

The Red Wings have said he has a lower-body injury, apparently to his left knee.