This team would be tops in the East if Weiss weren't so thoroughly useless.
This. This as hard as my keyboard will allow me to.
Look at our healthy roster at the top around Weiss:
-Zetterberg started on pace for a career season before injuries slowed him in the last few games
-Datsyuk was his typical dominant self from day one
-Alfredsson despite inconsistent linemates (Weiss, invisible-until-recently Franzen) is not far off a point-per-game pace
-Franzen started extremely slow, part because of Weiss, part because... because typical Franzen. Now on fire.
The latter two players eventually overcame once Weiss was removed from their line. We left so many points on the table in the first two months of the season because we lacked a capable 2nd-line center, putting all of the pressure on the first line to score 1 or 2 goals with no support. Out of the 31 games played this season, the Wings have scored 2 goals 9 times, 1 goal 3 times, and been shutout twice. That is nearly half of our games with 2 goals or less, most near the beginning of the season, and many in 1-goal winnable games.