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Filip Zadina Remains Confident

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Filip Zadina is mature enough to understand the need for patience, but that doesn’t mean he likes it.

He’s one of the primary players the Detroit Red Wings count on for production, but 11 games in, he only has one goal and three assists. When the Wings host the Florida Panthers on Friday, Zadina is likely to be on a line with Dylan Larkin — and depending on how things go, Anthony Mantha could join them. That’s not the most equitable distribution of skilled forwards, but the Wings are desperate after scoring just two goals combined in their past two games.

“We would love to score as a unit,” Zadina said Thursday. “It’s not coming our way so far but we had good looks last game. It’s coming. We just have to keep going, keep competing every shift. We have good chances on net. We just have to be patient and work hard and get to the net more.”


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Zadina looked so good early in the season when
he was forechecking more and hunting and pick-pocketing
pucks because his vision and skill are good enough to get the
puck to other players in scoring positions. Obviously he’s got a very
good shot, too. But pressuring opponents and gaining the puck
looked to make him more effective.

He had some chemistry with Ryan early.

Missing Bert hurts for sure, but there should be enough offensive talent healthy
for the equivalent of two decent second lines.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/19/21 at 07:42 AM ET

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“Mantha has one goal in six games”.

He started to get on a little run and he got benched. That is some good, inspiring coaching there!

Blashill is such a great teacher that he top players cannot score, but some way this is a talent issue and has nothing to do with the coaching scheme. Maybe he needs to call Larkin out for smashing his stick. Blash should embarrass that behavior, put Larkin in front of the room and point out how much energy Dylan had left over after we lost to take his stick and slam it on the ice, and to show the other team they got the best of him

Maybe then the team will start scoring goals.  grin  The above is all in fun.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 02/19/21 at 09:56 AM ET


Zadina has shoot more, be more selfish. Also I think he could be a very good second line winger, but I don’t see him being a first line player on a good team.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/19/21 at 11:11 AM ET

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Good point on Zadina VP. The other thing is he is too stationary when he shoots. And i am not just talking on the PP. Most his goals i have seen has been him.in motion.

This is my exact point where I think the scheme is castrating the teams creativity in the o zone. These guys seem to worried about putting the peg in the correct place and forgetting their natural hockey acumen.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 02/19/21 at 01:22 PM ET

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He was ripping those 1-timers on the PP, but from too far out.  They need to get him in the circle, closer to the dot, then let him fire away.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/19/21 at 06:41 PM ET

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