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by Paul on 09/11/13 at 02:05 PM ET
from Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
The Red Wings had holes to fill in their power play last season. Coming off a year when the special teams unit finished in the bottom third in the league, some of the responsibility to turn things around fell upon assistant coach Tom Renney.
Detroit ended up in the middle of the pack last season. The power play was 18.4 percent, scored 34 goals on 185 chances. Part of the problem, Renney acknowledges, was a lack of shots on goal with the man-advantage.
“There are guys that have good touches and get good looks that I'd like to see shoot more, no question about that,” Renney said. “There was an improvement from the previous year, I think we were 22 to 15 or something like that and you want to see marked improvement again this year. What it comes down to is a successful power play to me is all about retrievals and there's no retrievals if you're not shooting. So the bottom line is we need shots, we need net-presence, we got to get the puck back.”
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