from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The power play has been the most glaring failure, because unlike earlier in the season, it hasn't even been generating momentum.
"There’s some momentum drain, for sure," Lalonde said. "The other night, our five-on-five play was good, and we sprinkled in those two power plays and it kind of deflated us. You want possession, you want looks. We are going to put both Fabs and Bert together on the power play and we need to start figuring some things out for a little spark."
Lalonde had Bertuzzi and Fabbri on the same power play unit in Monday's practice, with Larkin, Perron and Filip Hronek. (Moritz Seider, Jake Walman, Raymond, Berggren and Sundqvist were on the other unit.) Perron said the units need to play with more pace and "make sure that we are all connected, all five of us. The moment there is one guy that is not connected, it changes everything.
"Having that poise and that confidence and that patience that when you get in the o-zone, you see a play, it might not be the right play, but you keep building your cycle game, where 10 seconds later there’s a better look for you. That’s the one you score on. If you don’t, it’s the same as with the power play — you bring momentum, 10 seconds more in their zone, 10 seconds they have to stop and play in their d-zone. You do that enough, the top players on the other side, eventually they get tired, they start forcing plays, you get two-on-ones, things like that."