Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 4/22/13
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The Detroit Red Wings' playoff hopes begin and end with goaltender Jimmy Howard. It would be nice if one of Detroits skilled forwards suddenly regained his goal-scoring touch, which would take some of the burden off of Howard. But realistically, which forward seems ready to step up and be a goal-scoring machine? Except for Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, there isnt another forward on the team who's shown the ability this season to deliver in crucial moments. Even Datsyuk (13 goals) and Zetterberg (9 goals) have been so sporadic that its difficult to foresee either one becoming an offensive juggernaut during the season's final week. Detroits lack of any secondary scoring coupled with inconsistent production from skilled players such as Johan Franzen, Damien Brunner and Val Filppula make it hard to believe in a sudden Midas touch. Even if injured forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson return to the lineup down the stretch, the chances of them being goal-scoring contri...
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