Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/03/09 at 07:13 PM ET
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
The trio designated as the potential fourth line in the playoffs, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Tomas Kopecky, have struggled to the point of being a liability of late.
Draper is pointless and minus-five in 11 games while Maltby is a minus-four and pointless in 16 games and Kopecky has two points and is minus-10 in 10 games. Kopecky won’t play Sunday against Minnesota because of a shoulder injury.
However, the Wings foot soldiers aren’t the only strugglers of late.
Henrik Zetterberg’s off form over the past five games has been been more glaring playing alongside the incandescent Pavel Datsyuk.
Zetterberg has one goal and is minus-three in a five-game stretch and will be replaced by Marian Hossa on Datsyuk’s line for Sunday’s game. Instead, Zetterberg will centre Johan Franzen and Dan Cleary.
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