It's been said that a team's stars are "the guys that stir the drink." They are the go-to guys, the clutch players, the tip of the spear; they're the ones who will take you to the top. This is true. However, secondary scorers in the NHL are a lot like ice at a party—you can never have too much. For the Detroit Red Wings, guys like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are their metaphorical swizzle sticks. The only problem with this is other teams know it, and they know that shutting them down gives you a great chance at winning the game. This task is made especially easier when Detroit is missing players like Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula. Two star forwards, talented as they are, are a hell of a lot easier to contain than four. Which brings us back to that proverbial ice: seco ...
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