Early Grades for Detroit Red Wings' Top Stars in 1st Round of NHL Playoffs

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Early Grades for Detroit Red Wings' Top Stars in 1st Round of NHL Playoffs
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The Detroit Red Wings were in desperate need of a shot in the arm, and the return of Henrik Zetterberg helped tremendously.

However, a deflected shot in overtime put Detroit in a deep hole.

Trailing in their first-round series 3-1, the Red Wings are looking for anything to rouse their dormant offense. Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each tallied a goal, but the other 16 skaters have produced just one in four games (Luke Glendening).

Heading into Game 5, Detroit faces elimination on the road in Boston.

Detroit needs its best players to rise, but that’s easier said than done. Boston has dictated the pace for most of the series, and Detroit has not been able to play a full 60 minutes.

So far is not so good for Detroit, and if things continue, there won’t be much hockey left this season in Hockeytown.

Let’s take a look at the early grades for Detroit’s top stars.

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