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Detroit’s Frustrating Power Play

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

After going 0-for-3 in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Wings currently sit 25th in the league at 16.5 percent.

Although the results have mostly been the same, Wings coach Jeff Blashill sees a difference.

"I think one of the biggest things in coaching is that you fight through frustration," Blashill said. "You see things as they are. And the same can be said when you have success and sometimes it's fool's gold. You have to see things as realistic as possible and right now it's frustrating where the power play's at. I think the power play spent time where it wasn't dangerous at all, where we weren't doing a good job with our entries, where the process wasn't very good. Just like our team game, I guess.

"But lately I've felt the power play has felt way more dangerous. We've had opportunities to score. I think our entries have been good. The last power play last night wasn't good enough for sure, so we gotta make sure we get rid of any of those stinker power plays. We've gotta consistently go out there and have good power plays, and if you do that you're gonna score. We got also understand that the best power plays in the world at best score once every four times. You're not gonna score every time. You just gotta keep the process great, and I think it has been much better. If it stays like that, we'll get results. I would say the same thing with our team. The challenge is to make sure it stays like that."

Thomas Vanek also compared the power play to the overall team play.

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Just shooting from the hip but it seems PP percentage is only as high as it is , is a result of extended 5 on 3’s. Seemed earlier PP success, goals were often scored by point players getting involved like Cholo.

Posted by stateofmifan on 01/22/19 at 12:26 AM ET


I thought PP against Vancouver looked better overall than in the previous recent games.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/22/19 at 12:39 PM ET

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