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Wings Continue To Compete

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

...despite all the injuries and call-ups, on top of the retirements of Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, on top of the loss of Brad Stuart in free agency, do the Wings stink? Is their 21-season playoff streak swirling down the toilet?

Nope. Not yet, anyway. The Wings entered Wednesday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues on a three-game winning streak and sixth in the Western Conference, looking like they will remain very much in the mix, at minimum.

Their top two players – Henrik Zetterberg, the captain, and Pavel Datsyuk, the magician – are healthy and leading. Zetterberg went into the game against the Blues with 18 points, third in the NHL, behind only Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek and Chicago’s Patrick Kane.

They seem to have found another European gem, Swiss free agent Damien Brunner. He isn’t eligible for the Calder Trophy because he’s 26, but he leads all first-year NHLers with six goals.

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perfection's avatar

When they had Lidstrom and Rafalski on the back end, they could move the puck so well, they could afford to be spread out. They could get away with it. They didn’t spend much time in their zone.
Now, they have stay tighter as a group. They have to make sure they give each other solid passing options.

so a comment about the above taken from this article…

while this is obviously not the first time I’ve heard/read this sentiment this season, I did suddenly wonder if this has helped Jonathan Ericsson in particular. Perhaps it was trying to make Lidstrom-esque passes that made him commit so many turnovers. He’s been making the “easy” and “simple” plays this year and while I had so far attributed it to him finally getting it, perhaps it’s just because those are the only plays there are. Everyone else is going to different places and is giving the D more short outlets rather than always racing for crazy stretch passes so he’s not getting bated into launching it up the middle where it gets intercepted at the blue line for break aways or odd man rushes. Not to take away from his excellent all around play, especially the defensive physicality he’s shown, but it does make me wonder.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/13/13 at 07:44 PM ET

Zqto's avatar

I agree with you, Perfection, but that freaking pass he gave to Zetterberg from behind the goal, all the way to center ice, few games ago, was just sick…

Damn it, Im actually praising ericsson, what has this world come to?!?

Posted by Zqto on 02/13/13 at 08:00 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

By Red Wings standards, this is rebuilding, my friends. This is rebuilding.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/13/13 at 08:14 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

E-52 has looked AWESOME so far this season. I attributed that to the presence of Quincey and the principle of contrast, but perfection’s post makes a lot of sense as well.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/14/13 at 03:15 PM ET

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