For the Detroit Red Wings, Scoring by Committee Needs to Become Habitual

December 1st, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
It's been said that a team's stars are "the guys that stir the drink."

They are the go-to guys, the clutch players, the tip of the spear; they're the ones who will take you to the top.

This is true.

However, secondary scorers in the NHL are a lot like ice at a party—you can never have too much.

For the Detroit Red Wings, guys like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are their metaphorical swizzle sticks.

The only problem with this is other teams know it, and they know that shutting them down gives you a great chance at winning the game.

This task is made especially easier when Detroit is missing players like Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula.

Two star forwards, talented as they are, are a hell of a lot easier to contain than four.

Which brings us back to that proverbial ice: secondary scorers.

The Red Wings' 4-1 win over Dallas on Monday was facilitated by players like Darren Helm, Drew Miller, and Todd Bertuzzi—players that don't immediately come to mind as the guys you have to watch out for when playing the Wings.

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