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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jeff Blashill wants more from his top line. His top player wants more from everyone.

The Detroit Red Wings finished their western Canada swing with a solid effort and great goaltending, but their inability to score has been exposed over what has grown to a four-game losing streak. They left Edmonton dinged by a 2-1 loss, the third straight game where they have managed only one goal. After scoring 14 goals to start 3-1, they’ve scored five to fall to 3-5.

“It’s tough,” Dylan Larkin said after the loss at Rogers Place. “They’re keying in on a couple of us, but it has to be all 12 forwards. We have to find ways to get in front of the goalie’s eyes and get the puck and score simple goals. We haven’t had that the past two games. It is frustrating. Three goals in three games, that’s not fun. That’s not going to win you games.

“Our goaltending was great. We have to find a way to score dirty goals and we have to get all 12 guys chipping in.”

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Below, watch the game highlights and post-game talk.

 

Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bertuzzi, Madison Bowey, Dylan Larkin, and Jeff BlashillJeff.

 

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Paul's avatar

via Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Ken Holland would have been proud of his Detroit Red Wings. You know — if they were still his Detroit Red Wings.

But they’re not.

Playing their second game in back-to-back nights, the Motor City wanderers held in there against the red hot sticks held by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and took Holland’s new team to a frantic final few minutes with McDavid hitting the goal post on an empty net for a 2-1 win.

The Red Wings, 5-1 losers in both Vancouver and Calgary on this Western Canada road trip after losing their get-away-day game 5-2, were worthy of what was being billed as the Ken Holland Game in honour of the 36-year former Red Wing boss and winner of four Stanley Cups.

It would have been a memorable win for the wheeled wings.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/19/19 at 08:56 AM ET

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Actually I would say last night they played probably their best hockey game last night. Those first three games were not against the level of talent they faced last night. Once they polish up on their chemistry, passing and shooting and special teams we’ll be pretty close. Still can’t figure out why our passing involves a multitude of bouncing and rolling pucks.

Posted by stateofmifan on 10/19/19 at 09:16 AM ET

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Once they polish up on their chemistry, passing and shooting and special teams we’ll be pretty close.

Posted by stateofmifan on 10/19/19 at 10:16 AM ET

That same exact thing could have been said at any point during the past two seasons, SOM. The fact that it’s still a problem this season says all that needs to be said about the way Blashill prepares the Wings for games.

I mean, seriously, do they even practice this stuff? I think they have the basic talent to do it, so why is it a multi-year, on-going issue?

Two springs ago, the Wings missed out on replacing Blashill with Gallant. This spring, they missed out on replacing him with Eakins. How many more years are we going to have to watch this dour-faced fool waste the talents of the current and upcoming young players?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/19/19 at 10:55 AM ET

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I think they have the basic talent to do it,

They don’t though. Outside of four or five guys the forwards aren’t good enough. Our best defensive pair would be a second or third pair on nearly every other team.

You can polish poop, but it’s still poop. This roster just isn’t that good.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/19/19 at 12:39 PM ET

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about winning the cup, they’ll need some pieces, I’m talking about watchable hockey during the rebuild and possibly making the playoffs. Last night was a watchable hockey game, actually darn good against one of the best teams in hockey. Prior to last night even the wins weren’t great, just good games against poor teams. Sorry I feel if they continue to play hockey like last night they’re a .500 team , that’s 82 pts. Steal some games and you’re at 90+/- year.

Posted by stateofmifan on 10/19/19 at 01:42 PM ET

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You should really bring enough drugs to share with the whole class, SOM.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/19/19 at 02:16 PM ET

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You should really bring enough drugs to share with the whole class, SOM.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/19/19 at 03:16 PM ET

Well, one thing SOM won’t have to bring is an arrogant attitude and a penchant for snide commentary. You’ve got those areas covered in spades.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/19/19 at 10:39 PM ET

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