Pavel Datsyuk isn't returning, and Daniel Alfredsson isn't playing, either.

What hope there had been within the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room was deflated when Datsyuk came in after today’s morning skate and didn't hesitate when asked whether he would play this evening.

"No," Datsyuk said.

Then coach Mike Babcock said Alfredsson is out. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Alfredsson has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.

The Wings host the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena tonight (8, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS). The Bruins have clinched the Atlantic Division, while the Wings hold seventh place (the first wild-card spot) in the Eastern Conference by one point, thanks, in part, to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who blew a two-goal lead in losing in overtime to Colorado on Tuesday night.