By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
The visiting Detroit Red Wings lost 2-1 in overtime to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, but played well enough to win.
The Red Wings are in the midst of a six-game losing streak, which is Detroit’s longest since a six-game losing streak at the beginning of October. Detroit is a feeble 3-6-2 in its last 11 games and is only in fourth in the Western Conference by virtue of the point from Wednesday’s overtime loss.
While Detroit has welcomed back sniper and puck handling magician Pavel Datsyuk as well as veteran forward Todd Bertuzzi, top defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom has remained sidelined for those 11 games. The Red Wings also added Johan Franzen and Darren Helm to its list of injuries on the recent West Coast trip. Jimmy Howard, who tweaked his groin recently, missed Wednesday night’s game but could return Saturday.
For the seven-time Norris Trophy winner Lidstrom, 11 games represents the most consecutive games he has missed in his ent...