Detroit Red Wings: Players That Will Need to Step Up with Pavel Datsyuk out

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Detroit Red Wings: Players That Will Need to Step Up with Pavel Datsyuk out
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Injuries and losses have been plaguing the Detroit Red Wings. A team that was once at the top of the Western Conference, that was once on top of their Central Division, that once had a strong winning streak at home, is now slipping down the ranks. They are not playing like the team they were a few weeks ago.

Not only has this team been struggling without star player Pavel Datsyuk, but also, for some time, without defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and goalie Jimmy Howard.

Datsyuk skated with the team during practice recently, but it doesn't look as if he'll be returning to the ice until Saturday or later. The season is closing to an end; if the team wants to get far in the playoffs they need to keep winning. Certain players need to step up, certain players need to play harder.

Injuries have been a problem of late for the Wings, but they are not to blame for the struggle on ice.

These players need to step up.

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