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Wings' leadership on display in Sochi

Zetterberg, Datsyuk honored to captain their respective countries in Olympics

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 9:40 AM ET / News
By Andrea Nelson  - Editorial Assistant | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings\' leadership on display in Sochi
The Red Wings' Euro Twins, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, will captain their two nations in the Olympic hockey tournament. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have been teammates in Detroit for 11 seasons, but all pleasantries will once again be brushed aside when they land in Sochi, as the Euro Twins will try to captain their respective countries to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“It’s just a big honor for those guys to represent their country and be captains,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “I think anytime you’re a captain of any team it’s something special and going over to the Olympics for a two-week tournament, I think they picked two of the right guys to go represent their teams.”

Both players will be participating in their fourth Olympic Games, Zetterberg at the helm of Team Sweden, and Datsyuk captaining Russia’s team in his home country.

“It’s an honor, humbled to represent Russian team, especially in hometown, home country,” Datsyuk said. “Lots of pressure for us, but so happy.”

Although Sweden won gold in Turin in 2006, Zetterberg already thinks the 2014 Winter Games carries a greater importance than any other Olympic tournament he’s been part of.

"It's the fourth time in a row now but this one is going to be a little special, I think,” Zetterberg said. “It could be my last. We have a good team, got some good young players coming in that plays well. We're one of the countries that have a chance to go all the way and it's going to be a great hockey tournament, all the best players are there and I look forward to it."

Zetterberg, who was named Detroit’s captain following Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement in 2012, also followed in the defenseman’s footsteps as captain of the Swedish Olympic team, as Lidstrom was Sweden’s most recent captain at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

"Obviously I learned a lot from him, just being next to him and see how he approached the game and off the ice,” Zetterberg said. “Definitely helped me become the player I am."

While Zetterberg has had nearly two years of experience as a captain under his belt, Datsyuk will wear the “C” for the first time during his professional career. But his teammates have no doubt that the center will make a great captain for Team Russia.

“He’ll be just fine,” goaltender Jimmy Howard said. “I know he doesn’t say much around media or anything here but probably being able to speak his native language will allow him to speak a lot more.”

Datsyuk received the honor ahead of Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league with 40 goals, and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, who ranks sixth in the NHL with 40 assists. Although Datsyuk missed 14 games in 2014 due to a lower body injury, he returned to the lineup in the Wings’ 3-1 victory over Florida Thursday, and will appear in one more NHL game Saturday against Tampa Bay before flying to Sochi.

The center still ranks eighth in the league with 50 takeaways despite missing one month of the season, and was an obvious favorite to be named captain of Team Russia according to Zetterberg.

“He’s one of the best players in the world,” Zetterberg said. “For him not to be named captain could have been very tragic.”

The two captains, NHL teammates and friends will face off in the preliminary round of the ice hockey tournament on Feb. 15.

“We’ll always be friends outside the rink,” Datsyuk said. “Inside hockey we play against each other. Fun to learn from him, try to improve.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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