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In truth, this article could have multiple slides breaking down many of the players on the team but the theme for most would be the same. It really comes down to a highly inconsistent team. The third and fourth lines were quiet for the most of the season. In the recent three game winning streak, they started to show some life.
Valtteri Filppula is coming off of a career year. The hope was that he could pick up where he left off. He started the season scoreless in the first five games. It looked like he would turn it around when he scored two goals against Dallas but he only has one goal since then.
Although he does have eight points, five of those points came from just two games. He has only scored in four games. With the team mired in the middle of pack offensively, they need scorers like Filppula to step up.
Todd Bertuzzi is in a similar spot. Although he is out injured right now, he really has not played that well when in the game. He scored two goals in his first game of the season—the team’s third—but has none since.
Dan Cleary went 10 games before getting his first goal of the season. That is still the only point that he has on the season. For a player in a contract year, one would have expected a much better season from him.
The rest of the roster looks similar. A player may put together a good game or two but cannot parlay that into much long-term consistency to help the team. Bruner, Datsyuk and Zetterberg are the only scorers the team has been able to count on every game. They have nearly accounted for half of the team’s goals (17 out of 35).
The rest of the team needs to raise their level of play.