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The Bottom Line Is The Wings Need More Offense

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit has been outshot 205-95 in five of its past six games and scored only three goals in five games since its 7-3 victory over Dallas on April 22....

“We got to learn (to) spend more time in their zone. That’s why lately the shot differential is big,” Jonathan Bernier, who made 40 saves on Sunday, said. “We got to come out of our zone cleaner. I feel like defensively we’ve improved. We obviously got to find a way to score more goals. That’s the bottom line. It’s going to tough to win every night if you score only one or two. You got to put pucks towards the net, especially against (Tampa Bay’s Christopher) Gibson, (who) didn’t play much this year.”...

The Red Wings leveled the ice in the third period, outshooting the Lightning 7-6, but didn’t capitalize on three power plays in the final 7:44, including a full five-on-three advantage, during which they registered only one shot.

This is there they missed injured forwards Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Robby Fabbri and Bobby Ryan.

“Certainly, our power play hasn’t been good enough; goaltending has been pretty good,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think the last week or so we’ve gotten zoned and given up way more shots. Previously, if you look back at games, they weren’t as one-sided from a shot aspect. From a chances aspect, there were a number of games our chances were greater, especially even-strength.

“So, I don’t know if it’s indicative of the season. Tonight, Bernie was good, and we needed our power play to score, and it didn’t.”

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1 goal in 3 games…. hot take? The wings need more offense. Gee, ya think???

The power play performance over the past few years alone should be reason enough for blashill to go.

Posted by beantownredwings on 05/03/21 at 09:08 AM ET

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This year’s draft is going to be very important.  While we have some good, talented kids ready to make the jump to the NHL, a solid draft will go a long ways towards making the Wings part of the discussion.  It still pisses me off that we got screwed so bad in the lottery over the last few years.  The league’s feeble attempt to make the draft interesting probably set us back two seasons.  IMO, one of our primary targets ought to be a goaltender.  I think Bernier and Griess have both played really well this year considering our defensive struggles.  Nonetheless, without a goalie worth talking about in our system, that’s a need that must be addressed.

Posted by WingDingy on 05/03/21 at 10:49 AM ET

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