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Zetterberg Slowing Down?

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Zetterberg Slowing Down?  

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  1. 1. Is Zetterberg slowing down; or is it too early?

    • He's Slowing Down
    • Way too early in the season
    • Not slowing down

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I'm obviously partial to Zetterberg, but when I see that a guy who's "slowed down" is still top 10 in league scoring and one of the best two-way forwards in the game, I'm OK with it. Am I concerned with his lack of goal scoring/shooting? Absolutely. He's been hanging onto the puck too much and playing on the outside perimeter. I also feel that once the post-season hits he's going to go all out.

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Scoring slump grips Zetterberg, other Red Wings

It sure seems like it's been a while since Henrik Zetterberg has scored.

The last time? Feb. 22 against San Jose.

Before that? Feb. 11 in Boston. And on Jan. 10 in Colorado.

And here are even more numbers for Zetterberg: No goals the last nine games, and 2 in his last 26.

"Absolutely you want to score goals," Zetterberg said Monday. "Even if you're having assists, it would be nice to get a goal or two soon."

While Zetterberg has 17 assists during the 26-game span, he's been a little cold the last six when it comes to that category, too. Try none. And that is one of the many reasons the Red Wings are struggling in March, with a 2-4 record that included a 0-4 start.

"If you don't score, you don't win games," he said. "That's been one of our problems."

Zetterberg was arguably the best Red Wings player while Pavel Datsyuk was out with a broken right hand through January. During a span of 18 games, Zetterberg had 23 points (six goals, 17 assists).

But lately, he just hasn't been able to finish.

If he wasn't getting any scoring opportunities, that would be one thing. But he is satisfied with that aspect.

"I get enough shots," said Zetterberg, who is sixth in the NHL with 268 shots. "It's more when I get a chance, I got to take care of it.

"You're maybe squeezing the stick a little bit too much. You think about it. You want to score instead of going with the flow."

But, Zetterberg isn't the only Red Wings forward struggling.

Since his five-goal outburst against the Senators on Feb. 2, Johan Franzen has scored one goal in 18 games. Todd Bertuzzi hasn't scored (one point) in 11 games. Valtteri Filppula has scored one goal and has three assists in 12 games.

"The goals-against was a big issue and we've been better at that," Zetterberg said. "Now it's the goals-for, instead.

"If we get that going, it'll be easier to win games."

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110315/OPINION03/103150327/Scoring-slump-grips-Henrik-Zetterberg--and-other-Red-Wings#ixzz1Gg6ny7Cg

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