Quite simply, it's lack of sustained offensive pressure. It's easy to blame the defense when the puck is in our own zone for over half the game. I've noticed, time after time, the Wings will gain the blue line, get the puck in the corner, and then lose a battle along the boards. Getting one or two weak shots on goal and then losing the puck for over a minute is not the way to keep a lead. That said, the PP looks better than it has for most of the season, largely due to new guys getting chances and the kids' energy.
The Wings desperately needed a center, Holland went out and got the best one available for this team. We don't know if he had to add Jarnkrok or that 3rd rounder because some other team also made an offer and that was what it took to make the trade. What's done is done and now this team has a fighting chance to make the playoffs. I just hope Legwand re-signs after this season because that would give this team incredible center depth when healthy.
Ehrhoff would be alright with me, as he would provide some more offense (or, at least, be able to make passes out of the D zone). I just don't think he's the best long-term solution for this team. This is a year where I'd actually be okay with Kenny not doing anything at the deadline. Wait until the draft or start of free agency and see who's available.
Why is everyone so eager to trade Helm? He is exactly the kind of player the Wings need playing in the bottom six when/if most of the lineup is healthy. Trading a guy like Helm for temporary help up the middle just leaves the team vulnerable on the PK and creates a hole for the 3rd and 4th lines. I think he remains untouchable.
I don't see Holland including Helm in any kind of trade. This team doesn't really have anyone to replace his role and even if they got something similar back as part of a trade it's still hard to replace his speed. He has been plagued with injury problems but so was Kronwall for a good portion of the beginning of his NHL career and now he's been healthy for the most part. Personally, I would just stick with the forward group they have out there and hope that Zetterberg can make it back in time for the playoffs (assuming they make it in). A 3/4 defenseman is the most pressing need and I agree with everyone saying to pursue MacDonald from the Isles, if the price isn't too steep.
Feel bad for the goalie, but with the game on the line why are you in the corner, chatting with fans? There's staying loose and then there's just not having your head in the game. What's being overlooked here is the very smart play by the winning team.