DETROIT -- Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk was feeling good and in his usual playful mood on Thursday.
He told reporters that the arthroscopic knee surgery to remove fragments and clean up the ligament went well and that he should be back in the lineup in early March.
I feel good, yeah, everything good, thank you, Datsyuk said when asked about his surgery.
Datsyuk said that after last Sunday's victory over San Jose, he felt something in his knee and couldnt move his leg.
It may have bothered me a bit before, but nothing like after Sundays game, he said.
Datsyuk joked that he would begin skating again on Friday, but even he couldnt keep a straight face afterward, saying, Maybe not.
He said that hell do off-ice work in Detroit for the time being because he checked and there are no free tickets to Florida. I need to work out.
When asked if the two-week timeline for his recovery time was still accurate, Datsyuk replied, Yeah, I think so. Two weeks, I hope. We hope.
Its better to do it now (the surgery)."
Then Datsyuk disappeared into the Wings' work-out area.
Without Datsyuk, the Wings will try to extend their NHL record home winning streak to 24 games when they face Vancouver on Thursday night.