Datsyuk heating up, Red Wings cool off Flames

By Eric Ryan

The stars have not been shining very bright for the Detroit Red Wings so far this season.

Pavel Datsyuk looks to be changing that trend.

Datsyuk has two or more points in his last three games, including a goal and two assists Wednesday night in a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames.

Even with his current success, Datsyuk, typically a feared scorer (he was voted the most dangerous player in the league by NHL players), ranks 35th in the league in scoring.  He is second on his own team in scoring.  His shooting percentage is seven.  He had his longest goal drought in five years earlier this season.

However, Datsyuk’s style of play is conducive to streaks.  At times, his focus turns to defense, and scoring goes out the window.  At times, his job is to create, which does not always result in an assist.  And at times, he scores, and scores, and scores.

The Red Wings are 7-2-0 since their six game losing streak.  Should Datsyuk stay hot, and if he could get a little help from his superstar teammates, the Wings’ current three game winning streak could extend indefinitely.  Opposition beware.

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