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The Red Wings second line of Johan Franzen, Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson was one of the biggest draws in the Detroit lineup coming into training camp.
Well, one thing led to another and the trio really only got to spend part of one preseason game together.
In the Red Wings season-opener against the Sabres, the trio combined for eight shots on goal with no points and a "zero" plus-minus rating.
With a narrow 2-1 win, that line will have to be better. The difference between Detroit being a good team or a great team is how much the second line will be able to contribute to the offense.
The more the trio contributes, the less pressure on the top line and the bottom-six forwards group to put the puck in the net.
Alfredsson, Weiss and Franzen all have the talent to score individually, but it will be important to put it all together as a line and contribute on a nightly basis.
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