Replacing Nicklas Lidstrom will be no easy task, but this pair of Wings will try to make up for his absence and sustain Detroit's run of consecutive playoff appearances (now at 21). The hard-hitting Kronwall, an assistant captain, is now the mainstay of the blueline corps, and a stylistic departure from Lidstrom's savvy positional play. The much respected Zetterberg, 32, has been given Lidstrom's C and, like the recently retired future Hall of Famer, will lead by quiet, productive example. "He's a leader of men," coach Mike Babcock said. "He's a fierce competitor."
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