Red Wings Holding Their Own At The World Championships

By Daniel Gustkey

The Detroit Red Wings sure could have used this play a couple of weeks ago, but it is still nice to see Wings’ players performing well at the World Championships.

While they would much rather be playing for a chance in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Red Wings that are participating in Finland and Sweden are playing great hockey at the moment.  The United States is represented by Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, as well as forward Justin Abdelkader.  Howard has started each game for the USA, stopping 79 of the 80 shots he has faced en route to wins in two of the three games.

The Red Wings are represented on Team Sweden by Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, and Jonathan Ericsson.  Zetterberg has four assists in three games, while Johan Franzen has tallied a goal to go along with his three helpers.  Nicklas Kronwall also added a goal for Team Sweden.

Kyle Quincey is the lone Red Wing representing Team Canada, Valterri Filppula is playing for team Finland, and Thomas Tatar, currently on the roster for the Grand Rapids Griffins is skating for Team Slovakia.

I would love to know at what point it becomes weird playing against line mates and other teammates while playing for country.  The Red Wings fan in me is rooting for Team Sweden simply by the numbers.  The American in me won’t root against the red, white, and blue.

Whatever the outcome, it is good to see Red Wings continuing to play well.  Hopefully they can turn World Championship success into playoff success in 2013.

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