The regular season is winding down, and the Red Wings are looking to make a run for the Stanley Cup once again.
For most of the season they were at or near the top of the league. A rash of injuries the past six weeks had them dropping down the standings. It remains be seen what effect that will have on the team come playoff time. They were once set for home ice for the playoffs and now are fighting for first-round home ice.
Most of the injured players have returned to the lineup. Now it is just a matter of them shaking off any rust over these final regular season games.
Here are the 5 players who must step up if the team has any hope of a long playoff run.