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A Clunker Of A Game And After 10 Games

11/03/2021 at 6:23am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coach Jeff Blashill offered a blunt assessment of the effort.

“They were better than us from the drop of the puck, obviously, the first shift all the way to the last shift,” Blashill said. “They played like it was a playoff game, we played like it was an exhibition game. That isn’t even close to what we need to do to be successful. We weren’t even in the hemisphere of what we need to do.

“We have to be a team that plays every night like it is a playoff game. Our battle level has to be way higher, our compete level has to be way higher; our work ethic has to be better in all those facets of the game. We weren’t even close.”


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Ten games into their season, the Detroit Red Wings have shown that when they are their best, they are fun to watch.

They head into Boston smarting from an uninspired 3-0 loss in Montreal that leaves them 4-4-2 through 10 against. But that shutout stands in contrast to the fight they’ve shown most nights.

“I would say for a large part of those 10 games, our compete was extremely high, our work ethic was extremely high,” coach Jeff Blashill said Tuesday night. “It’s hard for me to talk about 10 games with the taste I have in my mouth right now, because that wasn’t close to what we’ve been. I think we’ve worked hard to develop an identity of being a team that’s hard to play against.”

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) celebrates with Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss (29) after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

The Wings started the season with five points of a possible six, scored six goals for the second time this season in a trip to Chicago, and showed mettle in rallying from a two-goal deficit to win at Washington. Overall, the Wings have picked up a point in 60% of their games.

“We had a pretty good start, had a big win in Washington,” alternate captain Danny DeKeyser said. “Even the Florida game, we come back and tie it and get a point out of that one. It’s been an up-and-down ride and we want to try and level it out with a little more consistency.

“We just have to move forward to Boston and play better and get some confidence back.”

Tuesday's visit to Montreal marked a stretch with 11 games in 19 days.

“We know the formula for us to have a chance to have success,” Blashill said. “We have to be better defensively over those 10 games, that’s one thing I think we can be better at, but we know the work and compete and the urgency with which we have to play.”

Here are 10 thoughts on the first 10 games.

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