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As Weiss struggles, Datsyuk and Zetterberg are split up

Oct 25, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

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Back in the summer, when the Detroit Red Wings signed Stephen Weiss to a $24.5 million contract, the plan was to have him center the second line, thus allowing stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg to be paired together on the top line.

Unfortunately for Weiss and the Wings, that plan hasn’t worked out as hoped; in 11 games, the 30-year-old former Panther has just two goals, with no assists. As a result, head coach Mike Babcock has been forced to split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg ahead of Saturday’s home game versus the Rangers.

“I told them I wasn’t going to split ’em up; I told you guys I wasn’t going to split ’em up,” Babcock said, per the Detroit Free Press. “Here we are 11 games in, I’m splitting them up.”

The Wings are winless in three after starting 6-2-0. On Wednesday, they were embarrassed 6-1 by the Ottawa Senators — a game that saw Weiss play a season-low 12:45.

“This falls on me,’’ he said, per MLive.com. “You have to realize you’re a good hockey player and you’re here for a reason.’’

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  1. ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    “Zetterberg skated with Tomas Tatar and Johan Franzen while Datsyuk skated with Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi.”

    just in case you guys wondered the same thing I did and didn’t wanna hafta look through the link.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      oh and Weiss with Cleary/Abdelkader now.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        “I thumb down pure facts.”
        –The guy that thumb downed that

      • hockeydon10 - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        Stop caring about the thumbs down. I’m convinced there are people that thumbs down every comment. You put way too much stock in that crap.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        i just think it’s funny what people thumbs down and i try to guess what type of person is doing it (even though my guesses are often jokes)

  2. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    On paper the Wings should be much better than they are.

    However splitting up the lines may be more beficial than what they have currently been running with.

    I think Babcock needed to to soemthing with the way they were playing.

  3. tmoore4075 - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Having Helm back would be huge. That would give them a much better 3rd line. I like Andersson but Helm is much better….if he’s ever healthy again.

    They’ll get it worked out, I’m not concerned. It’s a long season.

    • gerwinke1985 - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      As sad as it is I highly doubt we ever see the Helm we all grew to love ever again.

    • polegojim - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Yeah… but it’s time to stop ‘Hoping for Helm’ – he’s not a cure all even if he does return.

      Weiss needs to man up, pull it together and earn his keep. Period.

  4. jmcurran28 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    It’s every Wings fan’s dream to see Helmer back out there, but even if he does come back sometime in the near future, he’s not going to be at 100%. Andersson has done a solid job filling the hole that Helm left, We’ve got a lot of big names on the top two lines who need to start putting up some points.

    And I personally believe we will see Goose recalled from GR sometime soon.

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