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The Wings Are Still Learning How To Win

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It wasn't a complete lost weekend for the Red Wings.

They did earn one point in Friday's overtime loss to Dallas. But then again, it was only the one point they earned, out of a possible four, when you add Saturday's loss in Nashville.

Red Wings center Robby Fabbri (14) slides against  Predators goaltender Juuse Saros during the third period Saturday night in Nashville.
So, it wasn't great, by any standard.

And, if anything, it was a frustrating one for the Wings, who felt they could have much more while playing two of the better teams in the Western Conference.

"We should have won (Friday), and we were right there (Saturday)," defenseman Marc Staal said after Saturday's 4-1 loss in Nashville. "No, I don't think they're on a different level than us. We just have to figure out a way to make it go our way.

"Right now, we just weren't able to do it."

Coach Jeff Blashill never has been a big believer in "measuring sticks," or measuring his team against others in the NHL. In Blashill's mind, the NHL is a daily measuring stick. Every game is a measuring stick.

But for the Wings in these two games, it was a frustrating to be in good position to win both, yet come away with so little. It was another, painful learning experience.


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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The recent offensive surge of Jonatan Berggren has been put on pause by COVID-19.

The Detroit Red Wings’ 2018 second-round pick is on the COVID protocol list,  just a few days after registering four assists for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 5-3 win against the Cleveland Monsters. Berggren didn’t play in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals. It’s unknown how much time Berggren will miss. But the timing couldn’t be much worse. He has 10 points in his past eight games.

“When he has the puck, he is a fantastic elite player,” Grand Rapids coach Ben Simon told Detroit Hockey Now this week. “He is a very skilled player. But it’s just trying to find ways to get the puck more. That means getting to those harder-to-get-to-areas.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/23/22 at 04:55 PM ET

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