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Wings are down, but won't push panic button
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- Injuries have hampered star forward Pavel Datsyuk and sidelined sniper Johan Franzen until February.
- Due to limited salary cap space Wings management was unable to re-sign forwards Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler or adequately replace them via free agency.
- The two-way style of play of Datsyuk and teammate Henrik Zetterberg leaves both susceptible to injury over the course of a long season, leading one pundit to suggest the two might be past their prime.
- Veterans Nicklas Lidstrom (39), Tomas Holmstrom (36), Brian Rafalski (35), Chris Osgood (36), Kris Draper (38) and Kirk Maltby (36) appear to be finally showing signs of age.
- Many of the young Wings like 25-year-olds Ville Leino, Derek Meech and Jonathan Ericsson, and 22-year-olds Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader lack significant NHL experience.