Detroit Red Wings: Heading Into the All-Star Break, Team Looks To Deserved Rest

January 27th, 2011 by Chris Minniti Leave a reply »
After last year's rash of injuries and an early playoff exit, every player on the Detroit Red Wings roster was coming into this year feeling rested and fully healthy.

The first time in a long time.

After a blistering 12-4-2 start out of the gate, the first injury hit.

Mike Modano suffered a freakish injury in game No. 20 on the schedule, Friday, November 26 in Columbus. His right wrist was cut by the skate blade of R.J. Umberger.

Though Modano was a huge loss to the Red Wings depth department, out until mid-March, it was something the Red Wings could overcome.

They still had their core.

Nicklas Lidstrom started the season remarkably, performing like the perfect human he is. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were back to the EuroTwins they once were from the season before last. They were getting scoring from Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen and from the defense in general.

But on December 22nd, the Red Wings season took a turn for the worse.

In a game against the Vancouver Canucks, Pavel Datsyuk went down with a broken hand; luckily, he didn't need surgery.

Two games later, Dan Cle ...

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