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In what seems to be a blessing in disguise, the Red Wings may have solved the issue that raised the most questions as to whether or not they could make a deep playoff run.
That question was in their back-up goaltending. Anybody who watched Ty Conklin play this year knew that if Jimmy Howard were to go down with an injury in the playoffs, the Wings were done.
That's not so anymore. After Jimmy Howard sat for nearly three weeks with a broken finger, AHL netminder Joey MacDonald came in to save the day, going 6-1-0 in Howard's absence and thus, taking Ty Conklin's job.
And yet as one problem disappears another comes to light. Pavel Datsyuk suddenly went on the IR for a minor knee surgery, and although he'll only be gone for a few weeks, the injury has exposed some major issues for the Wings.
In a game against Chicago, Detroit just looked awful in every aspect of the game, and against Vancouver, while they scored three goals, all three came from their third line. If Detroit's top lines can't perform without Datsyuk, they could be in serious trouble if something were to happen to him.
Nonetheless, with the best home performance by far, and the majority of their remaining games at home, the Red Wings will win the Central division.
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