The Detroit Red Wings have been beset by a series of key injuries – team captain Niklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen, Jakub Kindl, Darren Helm, Patrick Eaves, Jonathan Ericsson and goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Joey McDonald, amongst others. And while Lidstrom’s, Kindl’s and Howard’s returns are imminent and Pavel Datsyuk has recently returned from missing 11 games with arthroscopic surgery on his knee, the Wings have struggled mightily during the month of March, going winless in 8 of their past 9 and 11 of their past 14 games, including a six-game winless streak (0-4-2).
Not coincidentally, their slide began when Lidstrom was sidelined with a deep ankle bone bruise.
In fact, tonight’s slate against the Carolina Hurricanes is an important one in that the Red Wings are trying to avoid their longest winless streak in over 20 years, a seven-game winless streak dating back to January 14-30, 1991.
Through all of the struggles, the Red Wings have still maintained their hold on the 4th position...