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Happy returns: Red Wings edge Panthers 4-3

Dec 28, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings got Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader back on Saturday, and as an added bonus, they also beat the Florida Panthers 4-3.

Zetterberg himself yielded immediate dividends, as he scored his 12th goal of the season. Abdelkader didn’t collect a point tonight, but the Red Wings are likely happy to have that physical force back in the lineup (three hits).

Maybe tonight’s victory doesn’t sound very impressive out of context – Florida has now lost three games in a row – but the Panthers beat Detroit twice in a row, so there must be a feeling of relief for the Red Wings.

It’s another relief that the Red Wings have been curiously stronger on the road (now 12-3-3 away from Hockeytown) compared to how mediocre they have been in Detroit (6-10-6), because they’re readying for a tough run of games. They face the Predators in Nashville on Monday, “host” Toronto outdoors on Wednesday and then play five straight games on the road against tough Pacific Division competition.

At least they’re getting healthier as that tough stretch (and the 2014 Winter Classic) approaches.

  1. cheliostwin - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Again the Wings come away with an ugly win. Tons of penalties called, blowing a two goal lead, same old stuff. At least they are beginning to win these close games, instead of consistently losing in overtime or a shootout.
    Zetterberg looked a little slow at the start of the game, but got himself going so hopefully he will be back to full speed real soon.

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