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A Group Reality

03/29/2022 at 6:21pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Alex Nedeljkovic's season has in some ways mirrored the Red Wings' season.

For the first half, Nedeljkovic looked much like the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) finalist he was in Carolina last season, and was among the big reasons the Red Wings hung around the playoff wild-card chase.

But it's been a much different post-All Star break stretch for Nedeljkovic, who has struggled with consistency the way his teammates have, not to mention duplicating the level of performance Nedeljkovic showed the first half....

But when talking about Nedeljkovic, coach Jeff Blashill was quick to include the entire roster, and coaching staff, when talking about the Wings' slide.

"I'd start by saying it's all of our faults, so it's not one any particular person or position or players or coaches," Blashill said. "It's all of us. That's the reality. We have to face it as a group."

"Our improvement has to come with all of us," Blashill said. "The defense isn't as good if forwards don't track as well. The goalies aren't going to be as good if we're giving up back door opportunities or big time chances. The players aren't going to be as good if coaches don't have them prepared, and coaches aren't going to be as good if the players don't play as well.

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