5 Players Who Need to Step Up on the Detroit Red Wings

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5 Players Who Need to Step Up on the Detroit Red Wings
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Despite missing games to injury, Franzen has been a surprise this year

Players have up and down seasons in any sport. 

If someone is currently underwhelming, that player looks to steady the ship and find consistencies in his game when he is struggling. If the player is surging, he looks to maintain that pace. 

With about a half of the season played, the Detroit Red Wings have had their players who have been a pleasant surprise (Brunner, Tootoo, Mrazek, etc.) and some who have disappointed through 23 games. 

There are five players that I have noted who haven't lived up to the expectations during the 2012-13 campaign. Part of it is the impact of shifting line combinations and the other might be lofty expectations created after a career year. 

So here are the five Red Wings players who need to step their game up in the second half of this season.

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