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by Paul on 02/23/14 at 06:33 PM ET
I hope everyone enjoyed the Olympic break and it is now time to consider the future...
from Ansar Khan,
But everyone can do a little more to help compensate for his loss. Having a healthy Pavel Datsyuk would help. So would getting contributions from Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss, who’ve been out with injuries.
The Red Wings’ post-Olympic playoff push begins Wednesday at Montreal. With 24 games remaining and 11 teams competing for the final six playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Red Wings must overcome the absence of their indisputable MVP.
“It’s a substantial loss, let’s not kid ourselves,” assistant coach Bill Peters said. “It’s your captain, it’s your leading scorer; he’s a point-a-game player. His leadership in the room as much as anything is going to be a loss.
“But now we’ll get our head wrapped around it and move on and find a way that we’re going to have to play to be successful. We’ll do that as a group.”...
“We have to embrace this as an opportunity, continue to prove we can win under any circumstance,” assistant coach Tom Renney said. “What that requires is extraordinary effort by everybody. I don’t think it’s anything that’s beyond them.
“But every single day we have to make sure we’re dialed in and prepared to do whatever it takes to get wins. If it’s trying to win 1-0, then so be it. I don’t think we’re as decimated as some would like to believe.”
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