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An Off Day For The Wings May Not Be A Good Thing

11/07/2022 at 4:25pm EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

“Our play on the road has been good but one thing the coaching staff has to figure out is on a game after an off day the team has not responded well,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said after the Red Wings’ 3-2 win against the New York Rangers.

The reason he brought it up is that the Red Wings had no practice on Monday and then will face the Montreal Canadiens at home Tuesday night.

Thus far, the Red Wings have lost all three games this season when a game has followed a day without a regularly scheduled practice. They lost to New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings at home the day after not practicing. (Detroit did pick up an overtime point to overtime.)



from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The NHL season is heading into only its fifth week, so it's difficult to get overly excited.

Yet, at the same time, with the Red Wings' 3-2 overtime victory Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers, it's difficult not to be impressed.

It was the third game in four nights, all against quality opponents. The Rangers took a 2-0 lead after one period. But the Wings never wavered, tied the game in the second period, then won it on Dominik Kubalik's sixth goal, on a pass from David Perron. Two free-agent signings that have been exceptional thus far.

With the victory, the Wings have won three straight games and are 7-3-2, and they're off to their best start since 2010.

Again, it's early. But something could be brewing. The Wings are overcoming a slew of injuries to their forwards by getting contributions from different sources. The special teams have been increasingly better.

But foremost, the Wings are sticking to coach Derek Lalonde's plea of focusing on preventing goals and the defensive mindset is taking shape.



Well let’s hope they don’t fall on their face at home, stay simple and direct.

When I mentioned all the FA signings Yzerman did that have panned out, somehow I forgot Husso.

Goaltender Ville Husso, a bargain purchase from St. Louis for a third-round pick, has made the biggest impact, going 5-1-1 with a 1.86 goals-against average (second in the NHL), 941 save percentage (ranks fourth) and two shutouts.

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