Mike Babcock recently lamented that for all the time spent talking about what the Red Wings don't have this season, not enough is spent talking about what they do have: principally, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
The two have been superstars since shortly after Zetterberg followed Datsyuk into the league a decade ago, but this season they are serving up reminders of why on a nightly basis. Zetterberg had two assists in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings; Datsyuk had his second power-play goal in as many days.
"When you watch Pavel Datsyuk play, you talk about how skilled he is," Babcock said. "When I watch Pavel Datsyuk play, all I think about is how much will he has. And how determined he is. When I see Zetterberg, like he's the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps coming; he doesn't care what it is or who he's playing against. The best of the best are ultra-competitive, and they bring it every single day. Do they have it every day? No. But they bring it every day. And sometimes they don't have enough energy, but the good players, they come to play. Those guys, they're our best players; they drive the bus.
"I thought Pav really had way more energy here the last two games and Zetterberg has been unbelievable."
Datsyuk has five goals and 13 points in 12 games. With his fifth multipoint game of the season, Zetterberg is at 18 points. It's the kind of leadership the Wings were banking on when they named Zetterberg captain just before the season began.
Red Wings stars Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk shine in victories
Detroit News | Feb 11