Detroit Red Wings look to shake goal-scoring funk
Do you remember the good old days when the Red Wings scored goals and won some games?
No, not years ago, but only a few weeks ago when the Wings scored 32 goals in a 10-game period from February 25th to March 18th. They scored six goals in one game and five in two consecutive games to open the track.
They scored an average of 3.2 goals during this stretch and had a 5-4-1 record.
Now the Wings have suffered two consecutive shutout losses, including the Nashville Predators 2-0 loss on Tuesday.
The Red Wings have lost 130 minutes and 55 seconds without scoring a goal for Thursday’s game in Nashville.
The last time they met? Robby Fabbri scored a hat trick in the 3-2 win over the Stars last Thursday and achieved the 9-5 result in the third half.
If it feels like it’s been a while, you’re right.
“I don’t think we’re generating enough,” said striker Dylan Larkin. “I don’t think we’re tough enough to play against teams and defend them. I don’t think we’re making it difficult for the other team’s goalkeepers not to get into the net and make them parry.
“We didn’t make it difficult for Saros. We didn’t even get very many dangerous looks at him and get him to make reactionary parades. Everything was in his chest somehow. “
Interestingly, the two goals Nashville scored on Tuesday were exactly the kind of goals the Red Wings are aiming to score.
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A distraction of the power play (Mikael Granlund tipped Roman Josi’s shot out of the high slot) and Mathieu Olivier blocked a rebound. Both goals were difficult: the players came online, were online, and were rewarded for reaching those main areas of the ice.
The Wings never got very close to these goals and struggled all evening walking through Nashville’s musty defensive style.
This is another area that needs adjusting for the end of the two-game series on Thursday.
“We got stuck with poor puck execution and management,” said coach Jeff Blashill. “Statistically speaking, they are one of the best pre-trial teams in the league. We have them as the best and we did a bad job of getting out of our zone quickly. We slowed down and didn’t leave any pucks behind us.”
“Then they are in a 1-3-1 (defensive formation) in the neutral zone and we played too slowly, we had to maneuver through that and we turned too many pucks.”
Before heading into this week’s games, the Wings talked about the possibility of scooping some wins and moving up the overall standings and leaving the division basement. Nashville is a team right in front of the Wings (in terms of profit share) and a team that the Wings have played well against this season.
At this point, winning a game and scoring a few goals are both things that would improve the mood in the locker room and quickly curb the growing frustration.
“It’s very important to us,” said Larkin to move up the overall standings. “It’s just important to win, it makes life a lot better, it makes the locker room and coming to the ice rink fun. Hockey is fun. We want to win and know what we have to do, we give ourselves a chance every night.
“We have to get back to it soon and see what can happen. Catch teams (overall) or spoil some seasons, whatever it is, we have to do it.”
Red wings in predators
► Allusion: Thursday, 8 p.m., Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
► TV / radio: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 FM
► Outlook: The Red Wings (10-19-4) and Predators (15-17-1) complete a two-game series in Nashville. … predators G. Saros hair (7-6-0, 2.58 GAA, .919 SVS) has recovered from a slow start this season.