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Insult Added to Injury

Updated: February 23, 2008, 1:02 PM ET
By Tim Kavanagh, special to ESPN.com

In the classic argument as to whether an NHL team's success is linked more to its offense or defense, the current tribulation of the Detroit Red Wings should give plenty of support to the latter. When injuries earlier in the season put two-thirds of Detroit's top offensive line on the shelf, the victory train continued unabated. Now, with Nicklas Lidstrom joining Brian Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall on the sidelines, that mighty train looks to have been derailed.

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