The Detroit Red Wings are currently riding a four-game winning streak thanks to some superb goaltending, a strong penalty kill and timely scoring from veteran players. One of the players who has stood out during the current streak is Daniel Alfredsson, who is finally looking like the player the Red Wings were hoping for when they brought the future Hall of Famer in as a free agent over the summer. An empty-net goal from Alfredsson sealed a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, and was a fitting cap to a night that began with a video tribute to the former Ottawa captain.
Alfredsson has four goals and seven points in the past four games, bringing his season totals up to seven goals and 14 points in 23 games. He had gone six games without a goal before getting an empty-netter in a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 24, and his two-goal effort helped the Red Wings to a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders three days later. The former Senators captain was a non-factor when his new and old teams first met this season (a 6-1 Senators win) and was out with an injury the second time, but he made his presence known the third time around. Playing on a line centered by Darren Helm, who is also on a hot streak, and Justin Abdelkader seems to be working out well for the 40-year-old veteran. For a team that is without Pavel Datsyuk right now, seeing Alfredsson finally start to click is great news and something they need to continue to see the rest of the season.