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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The energy the Detroit Red Wings displayed their first three games was missing Thursday, and so was their offense as a result.

After averaging 4.33 goals per game while gaining five of a possible six points, the Red Wings took a step back in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena.

“The first three games were emotional, and we practiced hard (Wednesday), and we didn’t have our legs today,” Dylan Larkin said. “We didn’t have that emotion that we played with. You’re not going to have it every night in the National Hockey League. It’s 82 games. It’s hard. But when we don’t have our legs, our emotion, we got to find a way to simplify and play a better hockey game.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Call it desperation, as their captain did, or urgency, as the coach prefers: The Detroit Red Wings need to pack it when they go to Canada for the first time in nearly 20 months.

They face a winless team Saturday in the Canadiens, and travel to Montreal smarting after flunking their assignment against a winless team, lacking emotion and execution in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames.

“They hadn’t won yet,” Dylan Larkin said. “They were desperate. They were way more desperate than we were. Montreal is the same way. Chicago is the same way. We’ve got these two games this weekend coming up. We can’t look past Montreal, but we have to be ready to go.”

The Wings won’t have their top scorer because Tyler Bertuzzi, who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine, cannot travel to Canada under current border regulations. The plan is for him to take a car service and join his team Sunday for the game against the Blackhawks.

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Below watch Dylan Larkin, Jeff Blashill, Mickey Redmond post game and the game highlights.

 

 

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damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

The Wings look like they had a bag skate at practice. Even though they put plenty of pucks on net, often there was no net front presence, no crashing the goalie and to many cute back passes. I counted three open nets where the player should of shot but passed. They seemed like processed robots out there. They also seemed on their heels in the O zone instead on their toes. 
Calgary intimidated them from the puck drop and the game plan worked. The Wings were tentitive all over the ice. All teams going forward will play the Wings this way until Yzerman amd Blash come up with better options to dissuade this type of strategy.

But it’s one game. Hopefully they settle down for the next game in Montreal.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/22/21 at 06:24 AM ET

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I actually thought the wings as a whole played pretty well, and it wasn’t their legs that was the issue it, Markov played well, gave up limited 2nd chances, that’s the goalie he is, and the wings just flat out lost the handle on at least 5 pucks last night at some fairly inopportune times that squashed offensive pressure. 

On in an individual basis Hronek had a subpar game, and Bert and Larkin were just average. I’m not saying they were bad, or “cost” the team or anything, just that on a team with 2 lines of top talent and much lesser than in between, when those 3 engines aren’t firing like they usually are, that’s not going to bode well, though nod to Hronek on a monster backcheck effort on that 2on1, tho why was there a 2on1 to begin with Filip? 

Speaking of depth lines, I wonder if Ras is going to show up?

I think I might’ve figured out why Carolina did pay Nadeljkovic, the kid spits out rebounds like a redneck eating watermelon on a stump, the Wings need to account for lose sticks when the puck goes to the net or he’s going to be in trouble.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 10/22/21 at 06:56 AM ET

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On a positive note, Lindstrom looked much better last night.

Posted by RedMenace from A Tormented Hellscape on 10/22/21 at 09:49 AM ET

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On a negative note, Hronek looks to be struggling this year. Believe he and Dekeyser were on for both goals, standing around, not taking the body in front of the net. And this wasn’t the first game this year he has looked out of it as a competent D as well.

Posted by exor54 on 10/22/21 at 11:43 AM ET

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We did not play that bad, outshot the opponent, 14:4 in the second.
We just could not connect 2 passes in a row and ran into a hot goaltender. Cannot blame Ned for the goals, but good chance Greiss stops both. It’s also possible the defense is more comfortable in front of Greiss, I thought not riding a hot goalie was a mistake (said it before the game).
PP was not good either.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/22/21 at 11:56 AM ET

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Hronek/DKK on for first goal, then Hronek/Leddy

http://shiftchart.com/game/2021-10-21-flames-red-wings

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/22/21 at 01:13 PM ET

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Wonder if Blash will take the trip to Canadia as an opportunity to go 7/11. Bert out, DK out, Stetcher and Oesterle in. Could even leave DK in there and give the other two the 7th Dman spot. DK still doesn’t look 100% out there and i doubt trying to play him 82 games will turn out well. Splitting time with a 7th would give him a chance to keep the minutes down but still stay in the lineup.

Posted by MZ2215 on 10/22/21 at 01:20 PM ET

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*Could even leave DK in there and give one of the other two the 7th Dman spot.

Posted by MZ2215 on 10/22/21 at 01:24 PM ET

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