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Henrik Zetterberg is wishing his season was better

Jan 31, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

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Henrik Zetterberg‘s season hasn’t exactly been one he’ll want to remember.

While Zetterberg is second on the Wings in assists behind Pavel Datsyuk, he’s ninth on the team in goals with nine. While Zetterberg is counted on to be strong defensively, his offensive game is supposed to be just as strong and apparent. As Zetterberg tells George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press, he has just one solution to try and work things out.

“Of course you wish it would it would go a little bit better,” Zetterberg said Monday, as the Wings regrouped from the All-Star break. “Nothing you can do about it. Just work hard and hopefully it will turn around.”

Zetterberg is trying every trick he’s got in the books as he leads the Red Wings in shots on goal. When you’re cashing in at just 5.9 percent of the time, however, becoming an assist man is a better way to keep the offense going, and it’s paying off for his linemates Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler who are having big seasons.

Still, if the Red Wings want to stay on top in the Central and make a run at the Stanley Cup, they’ll need more of Zetterberg’s shots to find the back of the net. Filppula and Hudler have been good and Datsyuk has been great, but Zetterberg completes the package.

  1. kiopta1 - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    I want Zetts to do better but the good thing about the wings is that they are not one of those teams where one man playing slow kills them.

  2. bcjim - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    It was pretty obvious that contract was a mistake.

    • polegojim - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Pretty obvious you post first, think second.

      Hank has been a perennial high performer.

    • polegojim - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      No worries Hank – you’ll have all playoffs and the Stanley Cup to gain momentum!

      Finish Strong Hank!

  3. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    he wishes he was better well you better get off that ginger ass team you play on then

    • polegojim - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      Yes – those Wings have been pretty soft…. for the last 20 years.

      Nice post Sid – go back to bed and continue whining.

  4. cmutimmah - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Lets be honest here… when you linemates are Hudler, who can’t pass very well, and Filppula, who has been directed to shoot the puck more, you’re not seeing the puck movement you’re used to if you’re Z. He’s played well in the defensive zone still, and he was never blessed with elite speed, so there’s going to be a decline as long as he’s on a line that has two ‘snipers’. He has to be the playmaker then.

  5. danphipps01 - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    It’s unfortunate he’s struggling, but the fact that he’s trying so hard is good to see. He’s leading the team in shots, so no-one can say he’s pulling a Heatley on them. And hey, when your linemates are shoot-first guys, you may as well pass when the chance arises to set something up, right?

  6. craggt - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Sometimes you just get unlucky on your shots. A couple of years ago everyone was worried about Lidstrom’s goal count when he was scoring on less than 5% of shots, saying that he was washed up, how did that turn out? Some shots are great, but a lot are just lucky you just have to keep firing at the net and hope something happens, a deflection, a good screen on the goalie, anything.

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