Red Wings Getting Dangerous: Zetterberg and Cleary Eye Thursday Return

January 4th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Hopefully, by the end of this week, the NHL team based in Detroit will begin to more closely resemble the Red Wings.

Massive offseason departures and an unprecedented amount of injuries have, on many nights this season, reduced the Red Wings to little more than a very good AHL team.

Though key roster losses have allowed younger players such as Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader to fill larger roles and elevate their value to the team in the process, no NHL team can sustain the absence of so many regulars indefinitely and expect to win with any consistency.

Fortunately, the Wings are due to get two very important players back on Thursday, and the timing couldn't be better.

Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary, both out for the past several weeks with shoulder injuries, are expected to be back in the lineup against the hosting Los Angeles Kings.

The game against LA will be smack dab in the middle of their five game road trip.

"The hump" game as they call it is typically the toughest to win, as fatigue from play away from home and travel begins to set in.

Getting two very familiar and product ...

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