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Detroit’s Power Play Has Been Bad Lately

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have seen this scenario play out too many times, this season and the past two years.

They played well enough to win at home against a superior opponent but found a way to lose. A power-play goal could have made the difference, but their man-advantage failed them once again.

The Red Wings failed to score on three power-play opportunities Sunday, losing 3-2 to the reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 3-2 at Little Caesars Arena.

The Red Wings are below average on the power play (17 percent, 21st in the NHL). They’re awful at home (11.3 percent, 29th in the league)....

The Red Wings (16-21-7) registered only three shots in six minutes with the extra man. They are 1-2-1 during a five-game homestand that concludes Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). They are 0 for 8 on the power play during this stretch.

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The margin between winning and losing in the NHL really is narrow, and a play here or there is usually the difference.

The Red Wings, many of whom are still learning on the job, are finding that out often lately....

“We played well, it could have gone either way,” said goaltender Jimmy Howard, who stopped 31 shots but never saw Kempny’s shot through a forest of bodies. “I wish we could have found a way to get two points, but he  (Kempny) got it past me. I never saw it.

“We’ve noticed here that here lately, it’s such a fine line winning and losing in this league. It’s tough. We have to keep pushing.”

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ilovehomers's avatar

I believe it was a PP yesterday when I saw Bert and Abby on the ice at the same time.

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/07/19 at 08:38 AM ET

Chet's avatar

they’re bottom 5 in the league, they are what we expected at this point. focusing on the PP is like saying the paint job on this crashing airliner on fire with two failed engines being piloted by a chihuahua doesn’t quite look right. they’re bad.

the worst part is that even though there will surely be turnover, it’s not going to make enough of a difference, even next season. team management and coaching simply aren’t good enough, and ownership is out to lunch. way past time for excuses.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/07/19 at 09:50 AM ET

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Isn’t Bylsma the PP coach? Interesting that I rarely see criticism going his way for this.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 01/07/19 at 09:58 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Another area they miss Mike Green.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/07/19 at 10:01 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

The PP needs Mike Green back.

That aside, the Wings problem this year is the same as it has been the last several years, we do not have a shooting threat from the point or the walls that causes concern for the PK, we have nobody that has a quick release, nor power, nor assassin like precision.  AA is about the only one with his one timers, but he doesn’t get off a snap or wrister worth anything, Nyquist misses the net more than he hits it, Frk?, Cholo has promise as an offensive Dman, but not someone worthy of extra attention. 

When you look at the top PPs in the league, they have top offensive talent that makes the PK coverage skewed that makes the whole damn thing better. Our guys are more off the rush guys in Larkin and AA, not set up and snipe, or bang for rebounds.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 01/07/19 at 10:02 AM ET

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they miss green all over the ice, but he alone doesn’t get them close to contending and only makes their draft situation worse. still very confused about why he wanted to come back.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/07/19 at 10:03 AM ET

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lol murray. “set up” is a pipe dream for this team that fails so often on its entries, so “...and snipe” is just a thing everyone knows isn’t a possibility. you’re right, though: if frk was on the caps’ 2nd PP unit set up in his circle, does he get 20 a year on a good team like that? maybe?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/07/19 at 10:07 AM ET

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Cholo was excellent at the beginning of the year- I’d like to see him get more solid time running it again.

Posted by SevensForTed on 01/07/19 at 10:23 AM ET

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I’d like to see him get more solid time running it again.

I’m not sure what you mean. He’s currently running the 1st unit.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 01/07/19 at 10:31 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Isn’t Bylsma the PP coach? Interesting that I rarely see criticism going his way for this.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 01/07/19 at 09:58 AM ET

Yes, I think he has gotten his fair of criticism and he should, but you have to remember usually a bench coach or position coach does not get to pick their personnel that is the head coach’s prerogative.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/07/19 at 10:34 AM ET

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PP is too stationary, no one attracts opposition players out of position, only one player, Larkin skating around rarely taking a shot, when someone does they miss the net , hit a player right in front of them or shoot it to the goale’s glove side high enough to be caught. Essentially the first unit gets all the PP time and even though it mostly fails even at 5 on 3 that unit stays in tact. Jeff has no problem changing lines during the game but PP is virtually sealed units. Even worse, we spend most of the time chasing cleared pucks and trying to set up again.

Posted by stateofmifan on 01/07/19 at 11:18 AM ET

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Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/07/19 at 10:07 AM ET

This has been an issue going back to when we have Pav and Hank on the team, even when we got the puck in the zone, we were too easy to box up.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 01/07/19 at 11:46 AM ET

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the worst part is that even though there will surely be turnover, it’s not going to make enough of a difference, even next season. team management and coaching simply aren’t good enough, and ownership is out to lunch. way past time for excuses.

While I get where you are coming from, this team COULD look a lot different next season. Yzerman as the new GM, a new coach and a couple old-timers out the door (Kronwall and Vanek). If they could somehow convince Karlsson to join their defense (that seems highly unlikely) they could finally turn the corner.

Right now frankly things seem to be going the way I want them to. Young players are improving and the team is more entertaining to watch yet they still find ways to lose, keeping them in position to get the one more big difference maker through the draft. Now if they can just parlay some of the expiring contracts into more chances at the draft table or young prospects.

Posted by evileye on 01/07/19 at 11:46 AM ET

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I mean- keep giving him the opportunity.  He’s learning (cholo) and I don’t think it’s our D that are causing all the trouble on the PP.

Posted by SevensForTed on 01/07/19 at 12:44 PM ET

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