Pavel Datsyuk finished with 97 points in 82 games and led the NHL with a +41
rating. His 144 takeaways were also a league best and 58 better than runner-up
Nicklas Lidstrom led all defenseman in scoring with 70 points, was second in
the NHL with a +40 rating and made the playoffs for a team-record 16th straight
The ageless Chris Chelios, the league's oldest player at 46, had 12 points in
69 games but contributed plenty of rink savvy.
DOWN BUT NOT
Though he would eventually cede playoff duty to Chris Osgood, Dominik Hasek had
a remarkable season: a 27-10-3 record with a 2.14 goals-against average.
A KICK LIKE A
"He has one of the hardest shots I've ever seen," said center Mark
Hartigan of emerging star forward Johan (the Mule) Franzen. "Snap shot,
wrist shot, it's fun to watch."
BUMP AND GRIND
Besides digging out pucks, scrappy forward Kris Draper led the Wings with a
58.6% success rate on face-offs.
NIK AT NIGHT
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall's rugged play earned plaudits from teammates.
"He delivers highlight hits every night," said Johan Franzen.
Forward Henrik Zetterberg set a club record with at least one point in the
first 17 games and finished with a team-high 43 goals.