By i) Pat Caputo

The Red Wings, who will go for their 24th straight home victory against the Vancouver Canucks, have their share of truly great players.

With all due respect to Bobby Orr and others, with each passing game, week, month, season, the ageless Nicklas Lidstrom makes his case for being the greatest defenseman of all time.

Until shelved by minor knee surgery this week, Pavel Datsyuk was playing some of the best hockey of his career. And that is saying a lot because he has had an extraordinary, and in many ways underrated, career.

Henrik Zetterberg, like Datsyuk, is considered one of the world’s best players. The magic of Datsyuk and Zetterberg is they perform brilliantly on both ends of the ice.

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