Damien Brunner has apparently hit the wall in his first NHL season.
Brunner had 10 goals in his first 19 games but has not scored in his last 13. He was credited with a goal on Monday but it was taken away from him as he did not tip in the puck. Brunner played in the Swiss League in which the longest trip was a three hour bus ride and not like the lengthy road trips in the NHL, especially playing in the Western Conference. "I'm definitely not used to it, but there's not much thinking about it," said Brunner. "You have to get used to it pretty fast. In Canada (last week) I felt worse than I do now. I have the energy back and I feel good to go on." Next year may be a lot easier as the schedule will not be compressed and Detroit will move into the Eastern Conference.