Red Wings general manager Ken Holland hopes Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg get strong consideration when votes are cast soon for NHL awards.
Lidstrom, a six-time Norris Trophy winner, should be among the favorites to be honored again as the top defenseman.
He scored his 16th goal of the season in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Lidstrom ranks third among NHL defensemen in goals.
He ranks third in assists (46) -- three more than teammate Brian Rafalski -- and second in points (62).
Lidstrom had a career-high 11-game point streak from Oct. 16 to Nov. 13, then scored his first career hat trick Dec. 15 against the Blues. He became the oldest defenseman in NHL history with 60 points in a season.
"We're in the top five in the league in points, so he's an important guy on a good team," Holland said. "Plays against the other teams' best players in all situations.
"I guess the one area that could be critiqued is plus-minus."
Lidstrom, who has been plus-40 three times in the past seven seasons, is minus-one with three games remaining. Lidstrom has never finished with a minus rating in his career. He has finished under double-digits on the plus side twice in his career, with his lowest finish a plus-seven in 1992-93.
Ken Holland wants awards for Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg
Detroit Free Press | Apr 5