Zetterberg struggling to lead Wings
"Last year is in the past. This year, I haven't started good."And who says hockey players aren't deep thinkers?
Zetterberg broke out last season, his third in the NHL, with 39 goals and 85 points — totals that put him up among the league's scoring leaders.
This season, without long-time captain Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan in the Detroit dressing room, it's fallen to the 26-year-old Zetterberg to be one of the team's go-to scorers — and it hasn't happened, at least not yet.
While fellow youngster Pavel Datsyuk has managed nine points in the Wings' first 11 games, Zetterberg has just two goals and one assist in more than 19 minutes ice time per game. The only other player who finished in the Top 50 in scoring last season — Zetterberg was 20th — with less than five points is Cory Stillman, who has yet to play a game due to off-season shoulder surgery.
Among the game's premier snipers, no one has slumped as badly as the slick Swede and so far there haven't been a lot of indications he's ready for a breakthrough. And if he can't get it going, there's really not enough of an offensive cast in Detroit to make up for his considerable contributions.
"You have to believe in yourself, and you don't want to think about it because it'll be in your head. But it's kind of tough sometimes."