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01-25-2013, 10:38 AM
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Datsyuk looked like the best player in the NHL at the time of his injury and never regained that form even when returning.

The powerplay will be back-- although the injury to White doesn't help.

Over the last couple years, the Wings needed Zetterberg and Datsyuk at 95 percent to be a really good team.

D & Z have and everyone else are far from 95 percent so far ... but even if they were, I'm not sure this team can be all that good after losing Lidstrom and Stuart.

In the old days, if you had D-Z going 95 percent, you were a cup contender, possibly.

Nowadays, we need these guys going gangbusters just to get into the playoffs.

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