Projected Stats for Each Detroit Red Wing in Sochi

Isaac SmithAnalyst IFebruary 12, 2014

Projected Stats for Each Detroit Red Wing in Sochi

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    With group play in the men's Olympic hockey tournament kicking off at noon ET Wednesday, it is time to predict the statistics of the 10 Detroit Red Wings who have gotten roster spots with their respective countries.

    Some players will dominate for their countries and rise to the challenge, whereas other players will take a back seat on their respective teams.

    Here are the projected stats for the Detroit Red Wings playing in the Olympics.

     

    All statistics via NHL.com.

Pavel Datsyuk

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    If Pavel Datsyuk plays at the Olympics, he will have an impact one way or another.

    However, Toronto Sun report from Sunday suggested that the captain of Team Russia might not even play in the early part of the Olympics.

    Should that be the case, it would be a huge blow to Russia, but look for Datsyuk to try to at least get in a game to test his knee out, as he did play the last two games for the Red Wings before departing for the Olympics.

    Just to be safe, project Datsyuk on the low side in case he can't go for more than a game or two.

    Projected stats: One goal, two assists.

Henrik Zetterberg

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    Henrik Zetterberg will get a significant upgrade of sorts from the regular season on his left and right wing for the duration of the Olympics, as Mike Johnston of Sportsnet expects Zetterberg to center a line between Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Steen.

    Steen is one of the best goal scorers in the NHL this season, with 28 goals in 46 games, but missed a significant portion of time due to an injury. Landeskog has also been very good as of late, with a nine-game point streak heading into the Olympic break. 

    With teams of lesser skill sets on the schedule for Sweden in group play, Sweden will be the favorite to win its group as it plays Switzerland, Latvia and Czech Republic.

    Anything other than a first-place finish in group play would have to be seen as a disappointment to the Swedes, and Zetterberg will play a big role in that.

    Expect the Red Wings captain to step up in group play and continue his play in the medal rounds.

    Updated predicted stats: one goal, no assists.

    Update from Februrary 14th: On Friday morning, Red Wings beat writer Helene St. James reported that Henrik Zetterberg would miss the rest of the Olympics with a herniated disk in his back.

Niklas Kronwall

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    Niklas Kronwall hasn't produced much in the way of offense in his Olympic career, but he does have a gold medal in 2006.

    In those Olympics, Kronwall played just two games, but picked up a goal and an assist. In 2010, Kronwall played four games, but failed to get any points.

    This time will be different.

    Per Mike Johnston of Sportsnet, Kronwall will likely be playing with Jonathan Ericsson on the second pairing for Sweden, meaning he will be getting more favorable matchups, both offensively and defensively.

    Projected stats: One goal, five assists.

Daniel Alfredsson

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    Daniel Alfredsson has 23 point in 20 career Olympic games, and this will be his fifth Olympics overall.

    Alfredsson is 41 years old and if he plays similar minutes as he has for Detroit this season, he will likely play on the third line with a substantial amount of power-play time as well.

    The longtime Ottawa Senators captain has never put up less than three points in one Olympics over a four-game span.

    With Sweden projected to roll through the majority of its group as mentioned on the Zetterberg slide, Alfredsson could easily end up in the semifinals for the second time in three Olympics.

    He is still a threat to score and he will get his fair share of opportunities.

    Projected stats: two goals, one assist.

Jonathan Ericsson

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    Jonathan Ericsson has never played in the Olympics before.

    But Ericsson's physicality over the past couple seasons caught the eye of Sweden's officials, who selected him to play in the 2014 Olympics.

    Ericsson won't contribute much offensively for Sweden if at all, as he has just nine points in 38 games for Detroit.

    But if Ericsson can get on the board at all, Sweden should be ecstatic because he has scored big goals for Detroit when he does manage to find the scoresheet.

    Projected stats: Zero goals, one assist.

Gustav Nyquist

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    Gustav Nyquist really hit his stride for the Detroit Red Wings before the Olympic break, as he scorched opposing goalies down the stretch to the Olympics with 14 points in his last 11 games.

    Nyquist will play with Daniel Alfredsson and Patrick Berglund per Sportsnet's Mike Johnston, but what is unclear is how well he will be able to continue his offensive fireworks in his first Olympics.

    The young Swede replaced Johan Franzen on Team Sweden, but it would be thrilled if he could come close to replacing the offensive contributions that would have been expected of Franzen.

    While he won't shoot the lights out, Nyquist is hot right now and he will be able to get on the scoresheet one way or another.

    Projected stats: two goals, three assists.

Tomas Tatar

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    Tomas Tatar will be asked to be more than a passenger for Team Slovakia in Sochi.

    The 23-year-old really took a huge step forward for the Red Wings this season with 24 points in 49 games. While he hasn't been a threat to score on a nightly basis, Tatar gives the team the energy that is required to get the Red Wings going offensively.

    Tatar loves taking the puck to the goal, and Slovakia will need him to lend more than a hand if it hopes to advance to the medal rounds.

    He will get chances, but whether Tatar can bury enough of his chances to help Slovakia beat out Slovenia, United States and Russia and get into the medal round remains to be seen.

    Projected stats: two goals, one assist.

Tomas Jurco

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    Tomas Jurco may never be a point-per-game player in his NHL career, but he has shown the ability to generate multiple scoring chances in most games that he plays in for Detroit.

    That is likely why Team Slovakia selected the Red Wings' second-round pick from 2011 to play in the Olympics at Sochi.

    Jurco has an uncanny ability to get open and make plays, and he will need to be able to do that and more if Slovakia has any chance of advancing into the medal round.

    Projected stats: One goal, one assist.

Jonas Gustavsson

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    Jonas Gustavsson has been nothing short of phenomenal as a backup goalie for the Red Wings in 2013-14.

    His play earned him the nod to be Sweden's backup goaltender for the Sochi Olympics, but with how good Henrik Lundqvist has been over his NHL and Olympic careers, there is minimal chance that Lundqvist ever rides the pine in favor of Jonas Gustavsson.

    If Lundqvist plays as expected and stays healthy, Jonas Gustavsson could be watching the entire tournament from the bench.

    Projected stats: zero games played.

Jimmy Howard

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    Jimmy Howard is no slouch—usually anyway. Howard has played his way out of a starting role in Sochi this season and could be regarded as the No. 3 goalie for Team USA.

    Howard could very well be in the same situation as Gustavsson—watching the entire tournament from the bench.

    Don't expect Howard to get a start in this short tournament unless something happens to both Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick in the way of an injury.

    Projected stats: zero games played.