The Red Wings spent much of the season thinking that they were on the short list of favorites to win the Stanley Cup. They battled for the league lead until the final weeks of the season.
A rash of injuries, which saw 10 players miss games in March, derailed their regular season quest. Most assumed that once they regained everyone, they would be able to pick up where they left off.
That has not been the case. They now enter the fifth game of their series with Nashville trying to hold off elimination. Even more surprising than being down 3-1 in the series is that after they dominated teams at home, they lost both home games in this series.
If the Red Wings have a chance to stay alive, then they need players to step up. These are the most important players for the Red Wings in Game 5. If they do not rise to the top, then the Red Wings will be hitting the golf course much earlier than was expected.