It's because of the hair.

Or more precisely, lack of it.

That's the reason Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is convinced Damien Brunner will be coming out of a scoring slump.

"The new haircut, he looks faster," Babcock said of Brunner, who got his haircut last weekend in Los Angeles. "He'll be shooting (the puck)."

Brunner joked he only gets a haircut several times a year, but he'll do anything to get a goal.

Brunner has not scored a goal in 13 games after Monday's 3-2 victory over Phoenix. Brunner was credited with the Wings' first goal Monday but was it later given to Ian White, Brunner's stick never touching the puck on the shot.

Still, Babcock saw a different Brunner in his 14 minutes, 19 seconds of ice time.

"He was real good today, he was committed to what he was doing," Babcock said. "Strong on the puck, he had a strong game for us."

The rigors of the shortened schedule — compared to the Swiss League, in which he played during the lockout — were starting to drag on Brunner.

"I'm definitely not used to it, but there's not much thinking about it," said Brunner, whose 10 goals is one behind Pavel Datsyuk for the team lead. "You have to get used to it pretty fast. In Canada (last week) I felt worse than I do now. I have the energy back and I feel good to go on."

The Swiss Elite League is a bus league. Brunner said the longest trip is three hours.

Babcock isn't surprised Brunner hit a wall, but is confident the forward will recover.

"Exhausted, you have to be," Babcock said. "I'm not concerned about that one bit. His hockey sense, his work ethic, and ability to score will overcome any kind of short-term slump he has going."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130326/SPORTS0103/303260362#ixzz2OePcRKt4