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Record: 9-6-7; fourth place in Atlantic Division
Last 10 games: 3-2-5
Key stat: The Red Wings have a winning percentage of .182 when they trail after one period, a figure that has them tied for 22nd in that category. Their inability to come back from a deficit is a big reason they are struggling in the Eastern Conference.
Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg (10 goals, 13 assists, plus-eight) and Pavel Datsyuk (11 goals, 11 assists, plus-six) are both having excellent seasons and they lead the Red Wings in scoring.
When a team's top two stars are having excellent seasons, it seems likely that the team will also perform well. However, the Red Wings are slumping with seven straight losses in the Eastern Conference. While five of these losses are in overtime or a shootout, the Red Wings have been unable to make that one big play at the crucial part of the game.
That's very surprising because of the way the Red Wings finished the season last year. They seemed to get it together as they earned a playoff spot, defeated the Anahem Ducks in the first round and extended the Chicago Blackhawks to overtime of the seventh game.
They appear to have the talent, depth and know-how to win, but head coach Mike Babcock has not been able to pull his team out of their current malaise.
Based on the coach's and the team's track record, this won't last. However, the Red Wings have been the most inconsistent team in the league based on their talent and expectations.