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Henrik Zetterberg On Detroit’s Loss To Florida

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

After four good performances at home, the Detroit Red Wings turned in a couple of clunkers over the weekend.

That's unacceptable to Henrik Zetterberg, especially in the final season at Joe Louis Arena. His biggest concern following back-to-back losses to Boston and Florida are the slow starts.

"I thought they really came in and took charge again, something that we got to be better at," Zetterberg said following Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Panthers.

"Just the way we're losing battles in the first period. I think they're coming in here with a lot more urgency than we have and that's something that we've got to change. It's something that I've got to be better at in preparing the guys.

"It's a big year for us at Joe Louis, we want to have good starts, good games for our home fans, and we need to have better effort than that."


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Hootinani's avatar

I’m surprised they don’t have that on a loop somewhere from last season so Z doesn’t have to waste his time repeating it.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/31/16 at 08:12 AM ET


No doubt, Hoot. Or two years ago. Or three. Or four. It’s been going on for a while.

Posted by teldar on 10/31/16 at 08:57 AM ET

DocF's avatar

This issue of slow starts dates back to the days of Scotty Bowman.  The difference is that then the talent level was far superior to the other teams and they could overcome this issue.  Today, this is no longer the case.  A 100% effort is needed to win today.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/31/16 at 09:15 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

“...we want to have good starts…”

As the others have said, that’s the same thing they’ve been saying since the final two years of Babcock’s contract. Which, coincidentally, is when Hank took over the captaincy from Nick.

Personally, I think Hank is a great guy. But maybe he’s not the right person to be leading this team. Maybe someone like Abby or Dylan would be a more “energizing” choice.

Or maybe no one can convince these guys (who are getting paid between $10,000 and $70,000 per game) that it’s actually their job to be ready to go from the first puck drop.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/31/16 at 10:25 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Slow starts is not a Red Wings isolated issue, its an 82 game schedule issue, and sure these are canned responses from team leaders. Google slow start NHL.  When you have above par defense though, you can deal and mask your slow starts here and there, handle the ebb and flow, but when you don’t, well it becomes extremely noticeable, like over the last 6 seasons or so.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 10/31/16 at 10:32 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Is slow starts a Swedish thing?

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 10/31/16 at 12:13 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Is slow starts a Swedish thing?

Not sure but it’s been a bad habit at JLA the last few seasons. More than a coincidence. shock

Posted by bigfrog on 10/31/16 at 06:25 PM ET

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