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What happened to Zetterberg's scoring touch?

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I blame Emma.

Seriously, if you were married to her, would your first concern be hockey?

Does she even live with him most of the time or does she live back in Sweden?

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I blame Emma.

But really, sometimes players have bad seasons. It is not a sign of irrevocable decline.

No s***. I think he took the offseason completely off. His skating sucks, his shooting sucks, he's weak on the puck - I could go on - but every Z fan can see his game is way off.

This is no way about linemates. This is about playing mostly s***ty hockey.

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When one of your linemates is heading for a career high, and you're heading for a career low, its clear something isn't right.

I'm in with the cumulative injuries crowd.

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I believe this is the issue. Knee and back problems add up over the years, stiffen up, lose their explosiveness, handcuffing shots.

Warren Miller, the great extreme skiing movie maker summed it up best with regards to age and the athletic body: "If you are a better skiier at 41 than you were at 21, then you weren't much of a skier at 21".

I still give Z mad props for pushing that beat up body of his.

That's just retarded. He's under no more wear and tear than any other hockey player out there.

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His reg. season goal scoring has toned down, but his playoff numbers are at 34 goals in his last 64 games. I`d be concerned if he was no longer producing when it matters the most, but as of right now it seems like he`s just coasting through the season while Filppula, Bertuzzi and Hudler have stepped up.

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Also, it's obvious that Kris Draper's absence has a bigger effect on Zetterberg's scoring touch than we initially anticipated.

Holy double D breasts! This is it!!!!

But honestly, Drake nailed it with the injuries. Hank's back has been in the toilet for the past couple of years and it shows a ton just in comparison before that particular injury happened. I think at times we have seen the scoring touch here and there. He is as tough to knock off the puck as he ever has been and I can honestly say that even though he isn't going to pot 30+ a year anymore, we are still in prime shape as a team for a deep run and with him being just an all around playoff performer, this too shall come to pass. Yeah yeah, Hank slappy I know but truthfully, I don't think its a gigantic concern at this point.

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I might get killed now. But what about trading Zetterberg? He is decline every year and has a long contract. He still has HUGE value around the league. We would definitely got a good player/players in return.

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I might get killed now. But what about trading Zetterberg? He is decline every year and has a long contract. He still has HUGE value around the league. We would definitely got a good player/players in return.

Let's wait to see what he looks like next year.

We can't forget that he had nearly 60 assists last year and has been roughly a point per game player the last 2-3 years.

He is getting a pass right now because of the play of Hudz/Bert/Fil

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That's just retarded. He's under no more wear and tear than any other hockey player out there.

With all due respect - T.Low IMO is spot on, and I agree with him...Remember Hank's lingering tendonitis in his wrist?..Who knows if that, and his back flare up on a reg basis throughout the season?

Every player is different; some wear down faster than others, and are more prone to injury, and quite possibly re-injury (see Osgood's groin, and Yzerman's knees).

Hank has slowed down a bit, and so has his scoring prowess...He's still a #1 centerman on most teams, but with Dats in the line up - Hank then is the #2 guy.

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I might get killed now. But what about trading Zetterberg? He is decline every year and has a long contract. He still has HUGE value around the league. We would definitely got a good player/players in return.

I agree with this, but it will never happen. Lots of teams would kill for him, and he'd do a lot of good for some of them. And the Wings could get a serious return, which they're going to need to fill some holes over the next couple of seasons.

Were I the general manager this team would be terrible, I wouldn't want to hold on to him for another year. True, he could have a major rebound next season. But I'd be wanting someone else to take that gamble.

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I see babs has recently been experimenting with the ZDH line again, If he gives them some more opportunities I think Z will start to shine again. This has always been the perfect grinder-sniper-playmaker line combo, not sure why babs started splitting them so much up after 2008.

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With all due respect - T.Low IMO is spot on, and I agree with him...Remember Hank's lingering tendonitis in his wrist?..Who knows if that, and his back flare up on a reg basis throughout the season?

Every player is different; some wear down faster than others, and are more prone to injury, and quite possibly re-injury (see Osgood's groin, and Yzerman's knees).

Hank has slowed down a bit, and so has his scoring prowess...He's still a #1 centerman on most teams, but with Dats in the line up - Hank then is the #2 guy.

I'm not sure I even consider him the #4 guy on this team right now... Just because he was amazing in the past doesn't increase his value this year when he's playing pretty bad hockey, even outside of the lack of scoring.

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9 goals

26 assists

35 points

A team leading 152 shots

Is Z struggling? Maybe. I think he is more frustrated thats for sure. Last year he had over 300 shots in 80 games and scored 24 goals with 80 points.

I am not disappointed with Z. He is going through a rough patch right now and I will continue to support him. He is going to turn things around on the scoring side. If not, he is still one of the best players on the team.

Keep the faith!

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9 goals

26 assists

35 points

A team leading 152 shots

Is Z struggling? Maybe. I think he is more frustrated thats for sure. Last year he had over 300 shots in 80 games and scored 24 goals with 80 points.

I am not disappointed with Z. He is going through a rough patch right now and I will continue to support him. He is going to turn things around on the scoring side. If not, he is still one of the best players on the team.

Keep the faith!

Wow!

If someone told me the bolded part before the season, I'd never believe them. 9 goals at the All Star break, and he's played basically every game.

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Wow!

If someone told me the bolded part before the season, I'd never believe them. 9 goals at the All Star break, and he's played basically every game.

He only scored 24 in 80 games last year. So, if you think about it, he is only 5-6 goals off pace. Not a huge number at all.

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Wow!

If someone told me the bolded part before the season, I'd never believe them. 9 goals at the All Star break, and he's played basically every game.

The weird thing is that both of his linemates are scoring more than they ever have in their careers.

While we probably won't ever see the 40 goal Zetterberg of yore, I have faith that his pace will pick up in the second half and the playoffs.

Having 3 potential top 6 centers is a huge asset for this team, glad we are able to roll such a strong top 6 down the middle.

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Not trying to complain or anything like that but man, it is hard to watch Zetterberg right now. Seems like his confidence level is below average for him.

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Not trying to complain or anything like that but man, it is hard to watch Zetterberg right now. Seems like his confidence level is below average for him.

I can agree with this. He can't buy a freaking goal out there, and honestly, I think it has a lot to do with players being afraid of his potential play, thus, they put a ton more pressure on him, which leaves Hudler and Filppula open more often, leading to them scoring a lot more than expected. I can't say I hate his playmaking ability, but I really want to see him score more often again.

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