There have been a few bumps in the road recently for the Detroit Red Wings, but the biggest yet came Tuesday.

Star center Pavel Datsyuk -- who recently was ranked No. 1 in six different categories of an NHLPA/CBC players poll released this past weekend -- underwent a minor surgical procedure on his knee Tuesday morning and will miss 2-3 weeks of action.

"Pav is going to be out a couple of weeks with minor arthroscopic surgery this morning," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday in Chicago, where his team will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

"Everything is real good. He got a fragment in his knee, an old thing we wanted to clean up here prior to playoff time, so he'll be out a couple weeks. So it's a good opportunity for someone else."

The Red Wings have won six straight games, all at Joe Louis Arena, and recently broke the NHL record with 23 straight home wins -- which they'll try to extend to 24 on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks. First for Detroit, however, is the Blackhawks, who will be without their top center, Jonathan Toews, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  Datsyuk, however, will miss at least the next two weeks, and possibly longer.

"Couple weeks minimum, three weeks maximum," said Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said. "Somewhere in that time frame and he should be back on the ice playing. It's nothing significant. The (arthroscopic) surgery was very good. The doctor said after the meeting there it was something he's glad they got handled now, because maybe down the road it could've been something that Pav might've wanted to get done a month ago."

Holland said Datsyuk's mention of something wrong with his knee Monday was the first he had heard of it. Datsyuk's recent performance also hadn't raised concerns. In fact, he scored the game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators last Friday with just 5.8 seconds left in regulation to extend the Red Wings' home winning streak to 22 games.

Datsyuk didn't record a point in Detroit's latest win, a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks, but nothing seemed to be out of sorts with him to the casual eye. His absence, though, could be pretty noticeable.