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Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were the best offensive players on the Red Wings in the regular season with 49 and 48 points respectively. The pair also combined for 15 points in the first round of the playoffs—Datsyuk had eight points and Zetterberg had seven.
But Datsyuk and Zetterberg (who were split up for Game 7 by coach Mike Babcock) are going up against an equally good two-way pairing in Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews.
Red Wings fans know Hossa, as he spent a year in Detroit and led the Wings to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Hossa and Toews are both very good at both ends of the ice, so the question remains: of the Datsyuk-Zetterberg and Toews-Hossa matchup, which team gets the better end?
The simple answer is that Detroit needs Zetterberg and Datsyuk to win that matchup, or at the bare minimum, win the matchup at one end of the rink (i.e. shut down on defense or dominate on offense).
The Red Wings will look to their captain and assistant captain, once again, to make plays in the clutch for them.