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Fixing The Wings

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

Is simple positive regression from the rest of the bottom nine enough to make a difference, or does this roster simply not have enough firepower to get the job done?

How can they fix the power play?

One place the Red Wings do have the firepower, though, is on the power play, where the results have still been just as bad. They’re sitting at a miserable 9.5 percent with the man advantage this season, 26th in the league, and that’s despite a top power-play unit that has Detroit’s entire top line, its most skilled forward in Athanasiou and a poised “quarterback” in Dennis Cholowski.

So what can be fixed? First, the Red Wings flat-out need more power plays. They have just 21 opportunities through eight games, which is tied for 28th in the league. And even worse, one of the only two teams below them (Chicago, with 18) has played two fewer games. The Red Wings mustered an average of two opportunities per game on this last three-game trip, which is rarely going to be enough.

But second, as Blashill mentioned in Calgary, they can’t afford to lose so many faceoffs when they do get those limited opportunities. That’s been a silent killer for them so far.

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Inaccuracy, AA was recently moved from second PP unit replacing Hirose. As touched on by others, our PP seems to rigid like a table top hockey game with confined roam areas. While passing trying to find an open player we overdue it. Seems most successful teams are involved with much more roving.  While good players are trying to pick their spots on goal we also have players miss the net by wide margins. That fist unit has the talent to score, problem is the structure they’re using.

Posted by stateofmifan on 10/21/19 at 11:49 AM ET

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The team as a whole has to dedicate itself to improving on faceoffs. Set aside a half hour every practice and work on it.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/21/19 at 01:23 PM ET

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A new coach, 3 or 4 skilled forwards and an entirely new group of defensemen should just about do it.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/21/19 at 04:57 PM ET

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