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Blame Canada if Wings miss playoffs

Yzerman and Babcock deserve gold, but Olympic pressure didn't help Detroit

Updated: March 4, 2010, 3:28 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Who would have thought that after 18 consecutive postseason appearances -- including back-to-back stops in the Finals the past two seasons -- the Detroit Red Wings would begin March fighting for their playoff lives?

But that's exactly where they are and, well, it's a bit unnerving for the good folks of Hockeytown.

"Injuries," 22-year-old fan Andrew Nendrzychi said. "We've had a lot of injuries this year. More than I can ever remember."

Indeed, ...

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