Pavel Datsyuk hopes he is done watching games on television in the Red Wings locker room.

“It’s frustrating to watch,” said Datsyuk, who hasn’t played since Jan. 1 but appears set to rejoin the lineup Thursday night in Florida. “It makes me more nervous. I can’t help the team in the locker room watching. It’s better to play.”

Datsyuk skated on a line with Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson during Wednesday’s practice at City Rink and expressed optimism afterward that he could return.

“It feels better every day,” said Datsyuk, who has been out with what’s been called a lower-body injury (believed to be a knee). “I’m skating with the team, (so) it’s more fun, more enjoyable. (I have) more confidence.”

Datsyuk will make a final determination after the morning skate.

“When he’s out there, he takes a lot of attention off other players,” goalie Jimmy Howard said.”That’s going to be good for our younger players.”

With the Sochi Winter Olympics beginning next week, Datsyuk — the captian of the Russian team — is racing to get healthy and be ready for that tournament, as well.

“Everybody is feeling the pressure, but I need to be smart and make the right decision,” Datsyuk said.

And that decision looks to be solely Datsyuk’s.

“He has to decide, not me,” said coach Mike Babcock, when asked how ready Datsyuk looked. “He has to be comfortable he’s playing. There’s a lot on the line for him. The Olympics are in his country and he wants to play.”

If Datsyuk is activated, defenseman Jakub Kindl will be put on short-term injured reserve.