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Goals Needed

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Eight games into the season, several Detroit Red Wings forwards are seeking their first goal.

That’s the main reason the team is averaging fewer goals than it did last season and why the power play has been much worse.

The lack offense has contributed to a four-game losing streak following a fine 3-1-0 start.

The Red Wings (3-5-0) return home Tuesday to face the Vancouver Canucks (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) following a rotten road trip to Western Canada, where they were outscored 12-3.

“Three goals in three games, it’s not fun,” Dylan Larkin told media following Friday’s 2-1 loss at Edmonton. “We have to find a way to score dirty goals and we have to get all 12 (forwards) chipping in. … We have to find ways to get in front of the goalie’s eyes and score simple goals.”

The Red Wings are averaging 2.38 goals per game, compared to 2.73 in 2018-19. Their power play has converted only 9.5 percent of its chances (2 for 21), compared to 18.1 percent last season.

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That’s the main reason the team is averaging fewer goals than it did last season and why the power play has been much worse.

The main reason is that this team has 4 top-six forwards and 10 3rd liners, 14th liners and 13th forwards on the roster along with a second-pair D and 5-6 third pairing guys or 7th D.

There’s not going to be much more scoring without serious adjustments to the roster of 18 skaters.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/20/19 at 12:20 PM ET

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True.

Posted by SevensForTed on 10/20/19 at 01:34 PM ET

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

If you have had your attention focused on football the past week, and whatever other variety of sports going on, you might not have been entirely watching or caring about the Red Wings.

Playing in western Canada, when most people are heading to sleep, will do that.

Let’s just say you didn’t miss much.

They’ve returned home losing all three games, extending their losing streak to four, and in the midst of a goal-scoring drought.

Remember that opening weekend, when the Wings scored nine goals in two games, both victories, and the No. 1 line (Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha) was dominant, and the hockey season had unexpected promise?

They had 14 goals total while going 3-1 in the schedule’s first four games.

That seems weeks ago.

A losing streak, getting blown out in two of the three losses on the road trip, and trying to figure out how this team will generate offense are questions that have taken over.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/20/19 at 04:10 PM ET

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The roster is what it is.

I don’t see a shortcut.

Svechnikov and Rasmussen might be able to add a little offense
depth and size later in the season.

Hopefully Nielsen and Filppula are still capable of at least looking like solid #3
centers who can check and distribute the puck a little.

But I’m not sure where else on the big rosters one finds more goals.
Helm has had a good start and Erne has some upside. But this is a team counting on AA coming off an injury and diminutive rookie to drive a second scoring line.

I’m not sure how forcing even younger, less experienced players into the NHL grind who are still learning to produce in the AHL does anything much for them or the Wings offense.

This team isn’t close. We knew that.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/20/19 at 05:03 PM ET

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