Apr 20, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) shoots from the ice during the second period against the Boston Bruins in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Alfredsson Out For Red Wings Game 3


Fans were starting to wonder what happened to Daniel Alfredsson who was virtually ineffective during the first two games of the series.  That questions was answered today after it was announced the Alfredsson would miss game 3 because of an upper body injury.

 

Babcock doesn’t seem very concerned so it is probably a short-term issue.  That said, the Red wings will miss Daniel Alfredsson’s veteran presence on the ice so hopefully he can return for game four.

Alfredsson’s return will be key to the Wings success this postseason.  Although it was the youth movement that powered the Wings last season playoff push, the playoffs are different and playoff experience is a key to any Stanley Cup run.

Alfredsson’s battle with the back highlights just how improbable this years playoff run is.  Prior to the start of the season, the Red Wings were receiving praise for the off-season free agent signings of Steven Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson.  Weiss’s injury issues made him a non-factor for the Wings this season and Daniel Alfredsson has shown flashes of a hall of fame player but mostly signs of a going veteran in the twilight of his career. That said, Alfredsson’s playoff experience will be a vital part of a cup run.

 

 

 

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