He may have gotten off to a slow start, but Detroit Red Wings winger Daniel Alfredsson is now playing like the player the team was hoping they were getting when they signed him over the summer. Held to only one point through his first four games, Alfredsson now has five points in the last three games and is third on the team with six points. He had three assists in a win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, and all three came on a Red Wings power play that had not converted prior to that game.
Alfredsson netted his first goal of the season in a Tuesday night win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, as he seems to have found great chemistry on the third line with Joakim Andersson and Danny Cleary. He may be 40 years old, but the former Ottawa Senators captain was still able to score 10 goals and collect 26 points in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. With Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk off to great starts, the offensive boost Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss provide can only help things. Head coach Mike Babcock had Alfredsson playing on the second line with Weiss and Johan Franzen to start the season, but when that didn’t appear to be working he shook up the team’s lines in a move that has paid off in a big way.
Looming on Detroit’s schedule in a week is a trip to Ottawa to face the Senators and a crowd that likely won’t want to see anything good happen for Alfredsson. The 5-2-0 Red Wings are currently second in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference, and they will next face the undefeated Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.