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Wings Played A Better All Around Game But Still Lose To The Kings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

They outshot Los Angeles 38-25, received two power-play goals from Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin, and mainly outplayed the Kings.

The Wings did a much better job of getting the puck to the net, had scoring chances, and didn’t back down against the physical Kings.

But there will be no points earned for the standings.

Here were some other takeaways from the loss on the West Coast:...

Bad bounce: Tough night for Andreas Athanasiou. He had a breakaway late in the second period with the game tied 1-1 but watched as the puck bounced into the corner.

The Kings took a 2-1 on LaDue’s goal shortly after.

Fighting spirit: Nick Jensen was a healthy scratch in the home opener, losing his spot in the lineup after a less than stellar preseason.

Jensen returned to the lineup Sunday, as coach Jeff Blashill sat young defenseman Joe Hicketts.

Jensen mostly played like a guy who doesn’t want to sit again.

He was aggressive at both ends of the rink, jumped into the play, and got into a fight sticking up for a teammate.

Yes, Nick Jensen. It was only his second NHL fight, but Jensen jumped in to challenge bigger Jake Muzzin in the second period after Muzzin hit Tyler Bertuzzi hard in the corner.

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports Trevor Daley is out for tonight's game against the Ducks.

Game highlights and post-game interviews are below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

It goes down in the books as a loss but the Red Wings saw plenty of positives Sunday night.

The Wings used their speed and carried the play for large portions of the game but the Kings took advantage of their opportunities for a 4-2 victory at Staples Center.

Anthony Mantha (power play) and Dylan Larkin (power play) scored for Detroit while Anze Kopitar, Paul LaDue and Alex Iafallo (two, one empty net) scored for Los Angeles.

Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves while Jack Campbell had 36 saves.

The Wings fell to 0-1-1 while the Kings improved to 1-0-1.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/08/18 at 03:51 AM ET

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I was going to try and stay up to watch at least the start of the game but…  ugh, west coast swings and I’m no longer in my 20’s, and I’ve been fairly medicated all week following minor surgery.  I think I was alseep before the puck even dropped in LA.  Last two weeks for our family here have been hell.

I like reading that the Wings used their speed and played well.  Honestly right now playing well and still losing is the best of both worlds I guess.

Let the kids play and make mistakes now.  Let them filter themselves out to the legit NHLers.  That’s what’s really important right now.

Posted by Primis on 10/08/18 at 09:19 AM ET

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It’s the same thing that’s been plaguing this team for the past few years: A lack of execution on their scoring opportunities. Hopefully, Zadina can turn into that cold-blooded sniper that they desperately need.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 10/08/18 at 09:41 AM ET

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It’s the same thing that’s been plaguing this team for the past few years: A lack of execution on their scoring opportunities. Hopefully, Zadina can turn into that cold-blooded sniper that they desperately need.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 10/08/18 at 09:41 AM ET

Having watched the end of the replay on FSD just now… DET worked hard, and they indeed had opportunities.  Some of it was bad puck luck, and some of it is just not finishing well.

I genuinely feel better even having seen the replay of the 3rd period.  It’s was 3-2 late and DET nearly scored to even it.  They pushed hard.

It’s discouraging to hear Athaansiou attempted so many shots but failed to get most of them on or through.  That’s not what he needs to be doing.  He needs to make them count more.  THat’s then not couting him bobbling the breakaway.

Just give the team a little time.  If they can play most night like they did against LA… nobody’s going to want to play them.  If DET can ever make a few more of those chances count, they’re not going not be a basement-dweller.

Posted by Primis on 10/08/18 at 11:03 AM ET

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it was a total domination from start to end.

Just a great game by the Wings..except in goal ! two boneheads goal by Bernier was the difference. On the side i was happy when i saw that Quick was not in goal..man was i wrong ! That Campbell stole the game all by himself (deja vu right ?).

We played hard and with that kind of hockey we will win our good share of games.

Some notes now..

Hronek will probably sit next game unless we are out of D.

Late in the game looking for the equalizer and Vanek and AA on the ice YOU DON’T PLAY ABBY !! He can’t follow, play any other one ! And by the way could Vanek shoots sometimes ? Its nice to be friendly with your buddy AA but SHOOTS !!

Sulak can find a permanent place in Detroit.

Bernier…when you go behind the net please make or play OR DON’T GO BEHIND THE NET !

Neilsen is done ! Useless tonight.

Anyways it was a fun game to Watch.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 10/08/18 at 01:23 PM ET

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Just give the team a little time.  If they can play most night like they did against LA… nobody’s going to want to play them.  If DET can ever make a few more of those chances count, they’re not going not be a basement-dweller.

Posted by Primison 10/08/18 at 11:03 AM ET

For that to happen the vet Ds must remain on the injured list.  That’s the only way, when Blashill is forces to use the kids. If the vets are available they will play so..enjoy the moment, it won’t last !

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 10/08/18 at 01:27 PM ET

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Bernier…when you go behind the net please make or play OR DON’T GO BEHIND THE NET !

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 10/08/18 at 01:23 PM ET

I don’t know whether to blame him or Sulak.  Or both.  Sulak didn’t play that well either.  They kinda’ both screwed it up I guess.

For that to happen the vet Ds must remain on the injured list.  That’s the only way, when Blashill is forces to use the kids. If the vets are available they will play so..enjoy the moment, it won’t last !

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 10/08/18 at 01:27 PM ET

Well I mean, Daley is now out again after leaving last night.

Given how injury-prone he, Kronwall, and Ericsson seem to be, that might not be a problem.  And it sure looks like Blashill might play Kronwall 40 games or so and that’s it.  Should be plenty of chances for the kids on D still for a while at least.  Great opportunity for them to force their way onto the roster.

Also, that discounts, and is a disservice to, DET’s youth up front as well.  If they can keep the young forwards playing hard, it will go a long ways… even if and when Daley, Green, etc, come back into the lineup on the D side.

Posted by Primis on 10/08/18 at 03:13 PM ET

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The thing the wings lack right now is the poise to keep the puck. They are constantly trying to force passes and not making the good plays enough. Too much chipping it forward to hopefully their team mate. I think it will get better if Blash doesn’t start with the line blender.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/08/18 at 07:02 PM ET

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I also thought we looked very good yesterday, really like our D. Bernier was so good early, but 2 mistakes were too costly.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/08/18 at 07:07 PM ET

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