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Wings Still Searching For Offense

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It’s been a problem all season, but especially now as the Red Wings head into the final days of this regular season. The Wings have had trouble scoring goals from opening night.

But it’s been exasperated as they get to the finish line. Thursday’s 3-1 loss in Carolina was the latest quiet, offensive evening.

In the last seven games — of which, the Wings have won only once — the Wings have scored more than two goals just once, in that 7-3 victory over Dallas. They have two goals total in the last three games, all losses....

But there are ways, said Blashill, to get offense.

“How do you manufacture offense?” Blashill said. “You spend more time in the other team’s end. You grind them down, and  they chip it in your zone and try to make a change because they’re tired, you jam it down their throat.

"That’s how you create offense most of the time in this league, by grinding the other team down, kind of like they (the Hurricanes) did over the course of the game.”


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RWBill's avatar

Gosh, that’s easy then.  Just grind them down and spend more time in their zone.

Posted by RWBill on 04/30/21 at 02:58 PM ET


I really think Larkin, Bert and Fabbri absence has something to do with the lack of offense. Vrana can score and scores, Zadina can score, but does not score. All other forwards we have are grinders and we have like 2 offensive dmen:


Posted by VPalmer on 04/30/21 at 04:06 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Vrana’s goal was a beauty. But it does not happen without Rasmussen’s poke check. Ras looks great as of late. Vrana vision and knack for where the puck is going is very nice to see.

Stectcher had a rough game last night. Some very bad turnovers and decisions. He will bounce back.

Scoring has been sucked out this team for sure. The last few games they are on their heels in the Ozone instead of pushing the play forward and forechecking. This is nothing new, many of us if not most of us have been bitching about this for many seasons.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/30/21 at 05:31 PM ET

WingDingy's avatar

““That’s how you create offense most of the time in this league, by grinding the other team down.”

Well, that sounds simple enough.  One question.  Why don’t we do that?

Posted by WingDingy on 04/30/21 at 05:46 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Why don’t we do that?

Posted by WingDingy on 04/30/21 at 05:46 PM ET

Because the roster sucks.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/30/21 at 05:52 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Because the roster sucks.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/30/21 at 05:52 PM ET

Or maybe Blashill’s “system” doesn’t really lend itself to regular goal scoring?

Posted by RedMenace from Hoping HFBoards crashes permanently on 04/30/21 at 10:19 PM ET


The roster is a streaming pile of poo. Particularly without Larkin, Bert, and Fabbri. You’ve got a bad roster missing 3 of it’s 5 best forwards. They’ve got a 3C playing on the first line and it’s not good enough. There is simply not enough talent. Maybe with Raymond and Berggren and Seider plus this year’s first round pick in a couple years this roster starts to turn it around. I think it’s two more years.

Posted by teldar on 04/30/21 at 11:44 PM ET


even with Pav and Z blashill was unable to coach a league average power play, how do you expect him to coach any type of offense with less than superstar talent,  However other coaches are able to get less talented teams to at least have respectable power plays. 
Blashill needs to go

Posted by akwingsfan on 05/01/21 at 03:43 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Why not both?

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/01/21 at 08:28 AM ET


It’s going to be really interesting as even more is
perhaps up in the air or in flux than we thought going
into the season.

One constant seemed to be the first line.
Now Mantha is gone, Bert is either resting and rehabbing or perhaps
facing surgery, and Larkin has his own worrisome injury in terms of location
- though we hope not severity.

Rasmussen’s improved confidence and all-around game
and Veleno’s very solid start are reasons for optimism.
With Zadina I guess it’s both been encouraging and worrisome
(hopefully the offense will come). We know Vrana can score.

All this combined kind of points to a little bit longer horizon for the rebuild,
but hopefully more young players emerging together.

It’s hard to imagine Berggren and/or Raymond will be ready for NHL ice
as soon as next season. But we need their skill, creativity and offensive upside for sure.

If both Seider and Cholowski are regulars next season along with Hronek,
maybe that will mean better transitions to offense and more options in the offensive zone, given how confident Seider looks driving offense.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/01/21 at 10:47 AM ET

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