The Red Wings miss Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who are out because of injuries. But not as much right now as they would have several weeks ago. Back then, nobody else was scoring. These days, thanks to key contributions from young players such as Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, the scoring is much more balanced. Tatar and Andersson both had goals, and Nyquist set up Johan Franzen for the tie-breaking goal in the Red Wings’ 3-1 victory Friday over New Jersey. “We have a lot of guys going right now,” said Andersson, who scored with 36 seconds left in the second period, tying the score. “If they were hurt three weeks ago it would be a lot tougher. We just to have keep going.” Andersson and Nyquist made huge contributions toward the end of last season and in the playoffs, while Tatar had been impressive in stretches also. “They came in and played great for us,” said forward Johan Franzen, who also has been superb without Datsyuk and Zetterberg. “It’s too bad Gus couldn’t stay at the start of the season but there wasn’t enough room on the roster.” Tatar has three goals and two assists in his last five games.
Young Red Wings fill void left by injured Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg
Detroit News | Dec 7