Red Wings' Datsyuk out two weeks after knee surgery

Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:20pm EST

Detroit Red Wings player Pavel Datsyuk stands on the field at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan February 9, 2012, following an announcement that the Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus in the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Detroit Red Wings player Pavel Datsyuk stands on the field at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan February 9, 2012, following an announcement that the Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus in the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook

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(Reuters) - Detroit Red Wings leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the next two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday, the National Hockey League (NHL) team said.

Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said in a report on the team's website that Datsyuk decided to undergo surgery now in order to be 100 percent fit for the playoffs in April.

"Everything is real good," said Babcock. "He had a fragment in his knee, an old thing we wanted to clear up prior to playoff time."

Datsyuk, who was voted the most difficult forward to play against in a recent CBC Hockey Night in Canada poll, leads the Red Wings with 59 points this season.

The Western Conference-leading Red Wings have a road game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday before trying to extend their NHL-record 23-game home win streak Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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