Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/29/14

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings shoot the puck past Zbynek Michalek #4 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 4-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
San Jose, as you may know, has beaten Detroit two straight years in the playoffs.  Yet, with pessimism ruling the day out west? They’re reaffirming what we already knew…like everyone else, the Sharks are just trying to get close to what the Wings have become. SJ Mercury News “Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t lead this league in scoring,” Wilson said of the Detroit Red Wings star, dismissing point totals as a barometer of individual performance. “When Steve Yzerman went from 140 points to 90 points is when they started winning. “Joe’s not old. Patty’s not old. I mean, on Detroit, they’d be kids. It’s all relative. It’s a state of mind. “Joe now is at the age when Steve Yzerman won his first Stanley Cup. And it’s possible he’s in better shape and training better—look at how he played in the playoffs before he hurt his shoulder. I’m not sure I see a decline as much as I see an evolution.”
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