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Leaning On The Veterans

12/09/2019 at 8:56am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Dylan Larkin looked to Henrik Zetterberg. Darren Helm looked to Kris Draper.

Mired in a bleak season, there isn’t much for the Detroit Red Wings to rally around. They struggle to score, struggle to keep the puck out of their own net, and spend most games playing from behind. The next opportunity to stop what has grown to an 11-game losing streak comes Tuesday at Winnipeg.

The unifying force in the locker room is to not surrender, to not allow a 31st-place ranking to seep into the culture veterans learned when they were young.

Helm provided an example in Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, delivering a big shift that culminated with him setting up a goal. It’s the kind of performance he remembers seeing from older teammates.

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