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The Red Wings' biggest question marks in this short season are undoubtedly on their blue line. The Red Wings have seven defensemen for the coming season, but they lost the best defenseman of the modern era when Nick Lidstrom retired at the end of last season.
Although there are question marks on the Red Wings blue line, Jonathan Ericsson has improved a substantial amount since he signed his three-year, $9.75 million deal in the 2011 offseason.
Ken Holland made a bold move in signing Ericsson for the dollar amount that he gave him, as it was an extremely large amount of money for Ericsson's talent level at the time.
Ericsson has improved significantly in his own zone since signing that contract and most of that improvement has come in front of his own net, clearing loose pucks.
If Ericsson can create some chemistry with Ian White, the Red Wings defense will greatly improve overall, and their chances for postseason success will increase exponentially.
Ian White should be able to provide the offense for this defensive pairing.
White put up 32 points last season, with 10 of those coming on power play assists.
His chemistry with Ericsson will not only make or break this second pairing, but it will also determine how sturdy the Red Wings defense is as a whole.
White is a little bit faster than Ericsson, but the two need to work together to ensure that pucks get cleared properly and bodies get moved away from the front of the net.
Ian White had a plus-23 last season, but he and Ericsson will both have to work on their giveaways (32 and 42, respectively) if this team is to go anywhere this season.