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Wings Shooting For A Win In Boston

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The calendar says late November and the NHL season has just crawled past the quarter mark.

But Tuesday's game for the Red Wings in Boston could mean a little more than usual.

The Wings have been a surprise in these early weeks, and lead Boston by one point in the standings, though the Bruins have the better win percentage.

Leaving Boston with a victory would give further notice that maybe the Wings are closer to being for real than most analysts felt they would be. It would keep Detroit in the upper half of the standings.

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Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Good teams win on the road. Playoff teams win on the road. Of last year’s postseason participants, only the New York Islanders (11-13-4) were showing a losing road mark.

If the Wings want to be in the reckoning to be considered among either of these groups, they need to find a way to be a reasonable facsimile of what they are at home when they are away from home.

“Everyone knows to make the playoffs you have to take care of home-ice advantage but you need to go at least .500 on the road,” Red Wings defenseman Jordan Oesterle said.

Clearly, Detroit isn’t the same team when traveling to other NHL outposts. The Red Wings have surrendered five or more goals seven times this season. Six of those games were played on the road. They’ve netted two goals or fewer in 10 games this season, seven of which were away contests. Detroit’s road penalty kill is 28th in the NHL at a 70% success rate.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/29/21 at 06:20 PM ET

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The Red Wings are still rebuilding, so I don’t expect much from them when playing on the road smile

Posted by bigfrog on 11/29/21 at 07:38 PM ET

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There won’t be some magical jump to a playoff spot. You have to earn your way in the NHL, and and it’s painful.

Posted by pnwwing on 11/30/21 at 12:55 AM ET

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I agree that this game is a test, mainly to show they can play Boston better than their last contest. The Bruins play hard forechecking style that has given the Wings fits for years due to their inability to make quick and accurate passes out of the defensive zone. This year they have a couple players better able to handle that pressure but we’ll see if they can execute.

They also cannot rely on only one line against the Bruins because you can bet the Bruins can contain that sort of offense. Each line must do their part. Stay disciplined, get shots on net and create traffic in front of the Bruins goal.

A win is no guarantee of future success but it sure would make me feel a lot better.

Posted by evileye on 11/30/21 at 10:31 AM ET

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Last game was pretty much lost on special teams with Bergeron scoring a PP hat trick. I am sure Ras was shown a lot of videos.

Posted by VPalmer on 11/30/21 at 11:32 AM ET

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