Lidstrom at the NHL 2011 All-Star game (Tom Turk/THW)

NHL Awards looking to be pretty Swede for Detroit

Known to many as “Norris Nick” the Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom has a chance to win his seventh Norris Trophy as the leagues best defenseman this year the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

The last two season Lidstrom has been a finalist for the Norris Trophy only to lose out to Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.

This yeah Lidstrom is back up against Zdeno Chara whom won the award in 2009 and Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber. (Congratulations goes out to Weber, the Predators, and their fans for making it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history).

This year Lidstrom is also a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for the player that has shown the best sportsmanship in combination with a high standard of playing ability.

The Red Wings captain is up against Matrin St. Louis (last years Lady Byng winner) from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Loui Eriksson from the Dallas Stars.

Since the 2004-05 NHL lockout only St. Louis and Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk have taken home the award.

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