Nicklas Lidstrom didn’t play at Columbus because of an injury. Pavel Datsyuk was already out because of knee surgery. The Red Wings have lost three games in a row and have dropped to the fourth-seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs – with Nashville just two points behind them. The trade deadline passed Monday and the Red Wings didn’t deal for a forward, which many had anticipated.
What’s happening here? The euphoria of the Red Wings’ NHL record 23-game home winning streak has vanished in just a few days.
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