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Nicklas Lidstrom returns Saturday

Mar 24, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

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Detroit has lost five straight games and seven of their last eight contests, but there’s reason for them to be optimistic on Saturday. After being sidelined for nearly a month, their captain, Nicklas Lidstrom, has returned.

Since Lidstrom made his NHL debut in 1991, he has played in the vast majority of Red Wings games. They weren’t use to having to find ways to win without him for an extended period of time and things didn’t exactly go well. Although it’s worth emphasizing that Lidstrom wasn’t the only Red Wings player to miss a significant amount of time recently, this is still a troubling sign for the future of the franchise.

Lidstrom’s longevity has been amazing, but he’ll turn 42 in April. It’s appropriate to start wondering what a post-Lidstrom team might look like. In the short term though, Detroit could certainly use their captain as they look to bounce back before the playoffs start.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Two wins since he was injured, both against the powerhouses of the Central and NW divisions, Columbus and Minnesota respectively. Mr. Holland better make some shrewd moves in the offseason or hope Lidstrom has another year in him. Their post-season streak may be in jeopardy next year.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Scratch that, 3 wins, including one against LA. My bad.

      • bensawesomeness - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        couldnt have had anyyything to do with the other 7 injuries
        (Helm, Howard, Datsyuk, Franzen, Bertuzzi, Kindl, Ericsson, MacDonald)

        Calm down. it’s 6 games, not 16

  2. ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Good… Wish nothing but great things for an even greater person… Kids growing up that play hockey should model themselves after Nicky Lidstrom. Great Player, Great Captain, and is NEVER doing anything to get negative publicity.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      He does make a lot of people angry though, mostly cause they’re sick of him being so good.

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        I’d pucnh twelve babies to have had him on the Capitals for twenty years

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        *Punch… Damn iPhone

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