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05-16-2013, 09:16 PM
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Honestly, for about 50-60% of the season I thought he was our best d-man. Then when he got paired up with Kronwall his play declined. But in the last few weeks of the season and the 1st round. They were a very good pairing. Last night they were pretty bad.
When this team was a contender it was built around the premise of a strong D, for 10+ years the Wings tried to have Lidstrom + at least one other upper echelon D-man and right now we probably have *no* upper echelon D-man.
I think Ericsson has been better than many expected but also not very good, Kronwall has been worse than many expected and slipped out of the very good range. End result is a pretty meh D...and it's not like we suddenly got a hugely improved forward corps to make up the difference. Only an other worldly white hot Howard could do that
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