Red Wings Slap Shot – Week of 10/28

The Red Wings head into the final week of October sitting in third place in the Atlantic division, and are continuing to reap the benefits of both veteran leadership and young talent. Despite the solid record thus far, Detroit needs to find ways to improve the struggling powerplay if their winning ways are to continue.

Who’s hot: Henrik Zetterberg. Widely considered amongst the top two-way forwards in hockey, Detroit’s captain has been directly involved in nine of Detroit’s last eleven goals, and helped to neutralize Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby in Detroit’s thrilling 4-3 overtime win last week.

Who’s not: Tomas Tatar. Detroit’s speedy young winger had his coming out party last season with 19 goals in his first full year in the NHL, but has only one goal in the first eight games of the season. Look for him to pick things up as the year progresses.

NEXT 3 GAMES

-10/29 at Washington : Detroit enters the nation’s capital to battle

Washington’s high powered offense, lead by Russian sniper Alexander Ovechkin,

who enjoyed his fifth season of 50 or more goals last season.

-10/31 vs Los Angeles : It’s a scary affair at Joe Louis Arena as the Red Wings host the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings on Halloween night. Detroit defeated the Kings in both games the teams played last season. Goaltender Jonathan Quick continues to be among the League’s top goaltenders, and potential Norris Trophy candidate Drew Doughty leads a strong Kings blue line.

-11/2 at Buffalo : Detroit heads to Western New York to take on the Sabres, who have struggled so far this young season. Former Sabres and Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek will have his #39 retired by the Sabres in a special pre-game ceremony.

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