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Extra Man Has Been Useless

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 13:  Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on December 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 13: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on December 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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–The power play continues to fail the Wings. It is sapping their momentum, costing them games and causing them to slip further in the Central Division race. Detroit couldn’t score on four power-play opportunities in Tuesday’s 5-2 to Los Angeles. The Wings have gone a season-high six games without a power-play goal, failing to convert on 25 consecutive chances dating back to Feb. 27. They’re not getting clean entries into the zone, which is reducing their shot total.

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