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by George Malik on 09/26/13 at 04:36 PM ET
The Red Wings' performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins and their 0-and-3 record at home (as well as the fact that they've been out-scored 11-4 during those three games) have me worried, and the Free Press's Helene St. James noted that the Wings' preseason has been pretty bloody mediocre overall.
The Wings and their coach spent Thursday's practice suggesting that the team would "sort things out," and with a pair of new recalls in tow (Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening), MLive's Ansar Khan noted that the Wings fully believe that they'll play much, much better in this weekend's home-and-home series against Toronto, with the team's offense kicking into gear once the players stop worrying so much about their positioning...
“Probably guys aren't focusing on it (scoring),'' [Johan] Franzen said. “Probably more focused on being where we should be on the ice, usually it's when you think too much and guys try to be in the right spot instead of just playing.''
Goaltender Jimmy Howard, who will start on Friday, is not worried.
“I think it'll all come together,'' [Jimmy] Howard said. “This team's got unbelievable leadership, great human beings inside this dressing room. Once Oct. 2 comes, we'll hit the ground running.''
And Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, who've admittedly had difficult preseasons, believe that they'll get their games in order, too:
“It's more about playing the right way, and once we do that I think we feel comfortable in our roles,'' Alfredsson said. “Come next week, we should not have to worry where we are all the time (on the ice). We watched enough video and practiced enough on it. We should have a good idea of how the system works.''
Weiss has had a rough preseason, with no points in four games.
“For me it’s been kind of tough because I’ve had new guys every night and working with that has been a bit of a challenge,'' Weiss said. “But hopefully we can get that line together and try to at least get one game in before we get going for real.''
And Johan Franzen told Khan that he's completely unconcerned by the Wings' 2-and-4 record--or his crappy personal outings:
“Me personally, I'd probably rather have a bad one, preseason, than a good one,'' Franzen said Thursday. “You don't want to go into the season and feel like things are going to go easy. I'd rather come in and feel it's real uphill. That's a better mindset to have. So I don't mind a rough start in the preseason.''
Khan continues with more from Franzen and Weiss's take on adjusting to his new linemates, and his article's worth your time.
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