After sputtering offensively the first six weeks of the season, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk again is his dazzling self with the puck.

Datsyuk set up the first goal in Thursday's 4-3 loss against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena. That was his 21st point in his past 14 games, more than double the 10 he scratched out of the first 16 games.

"Once you get started scoring and putting up points," linemate Johan Franzen said, "everything gets easier. Like skating -- you feel a lot lighter out there. I think that's what happens to everyone. When things are going well, everything feels easier. It's good to see his confidence back."